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Notable Historical Events - 1762

1762French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform

1762Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III

1762 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 4
England 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 
Mar 10
French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a 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 peace treaty, Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War 
May 22
Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty 
Jun 15
Austria uses 1st paper currency 
Jun 28
1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston) 
Jun 28
Russian tsarina Catharina II seizes power 
Jul 10
Roubiliac's monument for Handel unveiled at Westminster Abbey London 
Jul 17
Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III 
Aug 14
English fleet occupies Havana 
Aug 22
1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury 
Sep 15
Battle of Signal Hill. 
Oct 5
Opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna) 
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 
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