On This Day

What Happened in July 1782

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 4 William Petty becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain following the death of Charles Watson-Wentworth

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth
British Prime Minister
Charles Watson-Wentworth
  • Jul 6 British-French sea battle at Negapatam (off India)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 16 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" premieres in Vienna with Mozart conducting

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Luis Brión, Curacao military officer who fought in the Venezuelan War of Independence, born in Plantage Rozentak, Curaçao (d. 1821)
  • Jul 19 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1853)
  • Jul 26 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestCharles Watson-Wentworth

Jul 1 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1765-66, 1782), dies in an influenza epidemic at 52

British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth
British Prime Minister
Charles Watson-Wentworth
  • Jul 6 Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, dies at 41
  • Jul 15 Farinelli, Italian singer, dies at 77
  • Jul 15 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist, dies at 33
  • Jul 16 Louise Ulrike, queen of Sweden and wife of Adolf Frederik, dies at 61
  • Jul 21 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, dies at 63