Events in History in 1762

  • Jan 4 Seven Years' War: Great Britain declares war on Spain & Naples
  • Jan 15 Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
  • Feb 12 British fleet occupies Martinique

Voltaire's Struggle for Religious Tolerance

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)

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 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