On This Day

What Happened in July 1762

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Louis-François Roubiliac's monument to George Frideric Handel is unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London

MurderMurder of Interest

Jul 17 Catherine II becomes tsarina of Russia following the murder of Peter III

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 4 Marco Santucci, Italian composer, born in Camaiore, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1843)
  • Jul 14 Joseph Lakanal, Serres Ariège, French Politician and Educator
  • Jul 20 Jakob Haibel, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1826)
  • Jul 21 William G.F. Bentinck, 3rd Count Bentinck and Lord of Rhoon and Pendrecht

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 10 Johann F Gronovius, physician/botany, dies at 76

Person of interestJames Bradley

Jul 13 James Bradley, English astronomer, 3rd Royal, discovered Earth's nutation motion, dies at 69

Astronomer James Bradley
James Bradley
  • Jul 14 Cornelis Hop, Amsterdams regent/diplomat, dies at 77
  • Jul 16 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, dies at 87
  • Jul 17 Peter III, Emperor of Russia (1762), dies at 34
  • Jul 20 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, dies at 44
  • Jul 28 George Dodington, 1st Baron Melcombe, English politician (b. 1691)