Historical Events in 1762

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  • Jan 4th Seven Years' War: Great Britain declares war on Spain & Naples
  • Jan 15th Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
  • Feb 2nd Thomas Arnes' opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
  • Feb 12th British fleet occupies Martinique

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Mar 10th French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • Mar 17th 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC
  • Apr 5th British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
  • May 5th Russia & Prussia sign Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War
  • May 22nd Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty
  • Jun 15th Austria uses 1st paper currency
  • Jun 28th 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)

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Jun 28th Russian tsarina Catherine II seizes power, declaring herself Catherine II, the sovereign ruler of Russia

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great

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Jul 10th Louis-Fran├žois Roubiliac's monument to George Frideric Handel is unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London

  • Jul 17th Catherine II becomes tsarina of Russia upon the murder of Peter III
  • Aug 14th English fleet occupies Havana
  • Aug 22nd 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
  • Sep 15th Battle of Signal Hill, the last battle of the North American theatre of the Seven Years' War.
  • Oct 5th Opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna)
  • Oct 6th British troops occupy Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 3rd Britain & Spain sign Treaty of Paris
  • Nov 3rd Spain acquires Louisiana
  • Dec 9th British parliament accepts Treaty of Paris