On This Day

Historical Events in 1762

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

Historic Event

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

  • Mar 17 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC
  • Apr 5 British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
  • May 5 Russia & Prussia sign Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years' War
  • May 22 Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg, reaffirming the status quo that existed before the Seven Years' War
  • Jun 15 Austria uses 1st paper currency
  • Jun 28 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)

Historic Event

Jun 28 Russian Tsarina Catherine II seizes power, declaring herself sovereign ruler of Russia

Music History

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

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