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1779James Cook, British explorer killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50

1779 Deaths
Date Event
Jan 3
Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712) 
Jan 20
John Burman, Dutch botanist/director (botanical gardens), dies at 71 
Jan 20
David Garrick, English actor (b. 1717) 
Jan 20
David Garrick, Richard III 
Jan 22
Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736) 
Jan 22
Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (b. 1733) 
Feb 2
Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59 
Feb 7
William Boyce, composer, dies at 67 
Feb 14
James Cook, British explorer killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50 
Feb 16
William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies 
Feb 24
Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (b. 1704) 
Feb 27
Jan Nepveu, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59 
Apr 6
Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52 
Apr 24
Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (b. 1711) 
May 3
John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714) 
May 11
John Heart, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at about 68 
Jun 7
William Warburton, English critic and Bishop of Gloucester (b. 1698) 
Jun 16
Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712) 
Jun 23
Ras Mikael Sehul, warlord of Ethiopia (b. about 1691) 
Jun 29
Anton R Mengs, German writer/neo-classic painter Madrid, dies at 51 
Jul 14
George Ross, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 49 
Aug 3
Henry Kobell, Dutch painter/cartoonist, dies at 27 
Aug 24
Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714) 
Sep 2
Onno Zwier van Hairs, Fries poet (Agon), dies at 66 
Sep 12
Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician (b. 1711) 
Oct 11
Casimir Pułaski, Polish born fighter for American independence (b. 1745) dies in Battle of Savannah 
Oct 28
Raphael Weiss, composer, dies at 66 
Nov 10
Joseph Hewes, US merchant/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 49 
Nov 13
Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker, dies at 61 
Nov 16
Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716) 
Dec 6
Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699) 
Dec 8
Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707) 
Dec 15
Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62 
Dec 18
Jan Punt, engraver/illustrator/actor (Gideonschool), dies at 68 
Dec 23
Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724) 
Dec 28
Gennaro Manna, composer, dies at 64 
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