1763 in History

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Events in History

  • Feb 10 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • Feb 12 John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs
  • Feb 15 Austria, Prussia & Saxony sign Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War
  • Apr 30 Member of Parliament and journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower of London, charged with seditious libel
  • May 16 Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
  • Jun 2 Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
  • Aug 5 Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run - British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Catherine II of Russia endorses Ivan Betskoy's plans for a Foundling Home in Moscow

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • Oct 7 George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • Nov 15 Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland
  • Nov 16 English journalist John Wilkes injured in a duel
  • Dec 2 Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator
  • Jan 8 Edmond Charles Genêt, French diplomat (d. 1834)
  • Jan 20 Theobald Wolfe Tone, Irish patriot
  • Jan 24 Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (d. 1831)
  • Jan 26 Charles XIV [Jean Bernadotte], King of Sweden & Norway (1818-44), Marshall of France, born in Pau, France (d. 1844)
  • Jan 29 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • Feb 1 Thomas Campbell, founder (Church of Disciples in America)
  • Feb 3 Caroline von Wolzogen, [von Lengefeld], German author
  • Feb 9 Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden (d. 1830)
  • Feb 14 Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (d. 1813)
  • Mar 9 William Cobbett, English journalist and author (d. 1835)
  • Mar 13 Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (d. 1815)
  • Mar 21 Jean Paul, German romantic writer (Titan), born in Wunsiedel, Franconia (d. 1825)
  • May 7 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general/marshal of France (d. 1813)
  • May 8 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman
  • May 11 János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
  • May 16 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
  • May 21 Joseph Fouché, French statesman (d. 1820)
  • Jun 13 Jose B de Andrada e Silva, premier of Brazil
  • Jun 20 Theobald Wolfe Tone, Irish nationalist
  • Jun 21 Pierre P Royer-Collard, French attorney/philosopher
  • Jun 23 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14) born in Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique (d. 1814)
  • Jun 26 George Morland, England, artist of rural landscapes
  • Jul 17 Johannes H van der Palm, Dutch theologist/minister of Education
  • Jul 17 John Jacob Astor, Germany, richest man in US, banker/fur trader
  • Jul 22 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)
  • Jul 30 Samuel Rogers, English poet (Italy, a poem)
  • Aug 8 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 2 Caroline von Schelling, [Michaelis], German author
  • Oct 24 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (d. 1839)
  • Oct 27 William Maclure, Ayr, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map)
  • Dec 25 Claude Chappe, French engineer (optical telegraph)
  • Dec 28 John Molson, founded Montreal brewery (Molsons)
  • Dec 31 Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral (d. 1806)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (42) weds second wife Rebecca Prescott (20)

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman

HeartWedding of Interest

May 17 Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 John Casteret earl Granville, English premier, dies at 72
  • Jan 11 Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (b. 1676)
  • Jan 27 John Theodor of Bavaria, prince-bishop of Liege/cardinal, dies
  • Jan 29 Louis Racine, French poet (b. 1692)
  • Feb 11 William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • Feb 12 Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • May 3 George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679)
  • Jul 31 James Kent, Fredericksburgh NY, legal scholar (Columbia), dies
  • Aug 9 John Althuysen, Fries vicar/poet (Frysk Jierboek), dies at 47
  • Aug 21 Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • Sep 26 John Byron, English poet (b. 1692)
  • Oct 5 August III, king of Poland, dies at 66
  • Oct 17 Arnold Hoogvliet, poet (Abraham the patriarch), dies at 76
  • Oct 22 French van Mieris "the Young", painter/historian, dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (b. 1700)
  • Nov 23 Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier (b. 1673)