In 1796, the French Revolution continued. General Napoléon Bonaparte married Joséphine de Beauharnais. Tennessee was admitted as a state. The United States took possession of Detroit from Great Britain. John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson in the U.S. presidential election.
Notable births in 1796 included education reformer Horace Mann, land baron James Lick, and composer Carl Loewe. Notable deaths included brewer Samuel Whitbread, scientist and public official David Rittenhouse, poet Robert Burns, philosopher Thomas Reid, and Catherine the Great of Russia.
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