- Earthquake in London - breaks chimneys in Limehouse & Poplar (February 8).
- Second earthquake in North London, Hampstead & Highgate (March 8).
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is published, in France.
- August von Kotzebue - German dramatist (d. 1819) - May 3.
- Bertrand Andrieu - French engraver of medals (d. 1822) - November 4.
- Christian Hendrik Persoon - South African mycologist (d. 1836) - February 1.
- Charles Pichegru, French general (d. 1804) - February 16.
- Henry Shrapnel - British Army officer and inventor (d. 1842)
- James Hall - Scottish geologist (d. 1832) - January 17.
- John Moore - British general (d. 1809) - November 13.
- Marie Tussaud - French wax modeller (d. 1850) - December 1.
- Pope Pius VIII - Catholic Pope (d. 1850) - November 20.
- Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell - Scottish Jacobite spy - December 23.
- Archibald Campbell - 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682) - April 15.
- Bernard Forest de Bélidor - French engineer (b. 1698) - September 8.
- Edward Boscawen - British admiral (b. 1711) - January 10.
- Johann Matthias Gesner - German classical scholar (b. 1691) - August 3.
- John Dollond - English optician (b. 1706) - November 30.
- Jonas Alströmer - Swedish industrialist (b. 1685) - June 2.
- Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix - French historian (b. 1682) - February 1.
- Samuel Richardson - English writer (b. 1689) - July 4.
- Stephen Hales, English physiologist - chemist & inventor (b. 1677) - January 4.
- Theodore Gardelle - Swiss painter & enameler (b. 1722) - April 4.
- Thomas Bayes - English mathematician - April 17.
- Thomas Simpson - British mathematician (b. 1710) - May 14.
- Tokugawa Ieshige - Japanese shogun (b. 1712) - July 13.
- William Law - English minister (b. 1686) - April 9.
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