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  • April 2 – A powerful earthquake along the border between modern-day Bangladesh and Myanmar causes a tsunami in the Bay of Bengal that kills at least 200 people.[6]
  • April 5 – France issues a new ordinance requiring all black and mixed-race Frenchmen to register their identity information with the offices of the Admiralty Court, upon the advice of Guillaume Poncet de la Grave, adviser to King Louis XV. The new rule, which requires both free and enslaved blacks and mulattoes to list data including their age, surname, purpose for which they are residing in France, whether they have been baptized as Christians, where they emigrated from in Africa and the name of the ship upon which they arrived. Previously, the Declaration of 1738 required slave-owners to register their slaves, but placed no requirement on free people.[7]
  • May 5 (April 24 O.S.) – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg ends the war between Russia and Prussia, and returns all of Russia's territorial conquests to the Germans.[8]
  • May 22 – The Treaty of Hamburg takes Sweden out of the war against Prussia.[8]
  • May 26 – Dissatisfied with the progress of the French and Indian War, King George III dismisses his Prime Minister, the Duke of Newcastle, and replaces him with his son's tutor, Tory politician John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. The Bute ministry lasts less than a year before Stuart's dismissal in 1763.
  • May 31Marco Foscarini becomes the new Doge of the Republic of Venice after the death of Francesco Loredan, who had administered the Republic for 10 years.
  • June 8 – Cherokee Indian war chief Ostenaco and his two aides, Standing Turkey (Cunneshote) and Pouting Pigeon, are received by King George III. They had arrived three days earlier at Plymouth on the British frigate Epreuvre as guests of the Timberlake Expedition of Henry Timberlake, to discuss terms of peace with the British government.[9]
  • June 24Battle of Wilhelmsthal: The Anglo-Hanoverian army of Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats the French forces in Westphalia. The British commander Lord Granby distinguishes himself.



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  1. http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1762
  2. Christopher Hull, British Diplomacy and US Hegemony in Cuba, 1898-1964 (Springer, 2013)
  3. Ronald Schechter, A Genealogy of Terror in Eighteenth-Century France (University of Chicago Press, 2018) p64
  4. Alison Fortier, A History Lover's Guide to New York City (Arcadia Publishing, 2016) p135
  5. James Melvin Lee, History of American Journalism (Houghton Mifflin, 1917) p66
  6. Anjan Kundu, Tsunami and Nonlinear Waves (Springer, 2007) p299
  7. Sue Peabody, "There are No Slaves in France": The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Régime (Oxford University Press, 1996) pp73-75
  8. a b A. W. Ward, et al., eds., The Cambridge Modern History, Volume 6: The Eighteenth Century (The Macmillan Company, 1909) p298
  9. William R. Reynolds, Jr., The Cherokee Struggle to Maintain Identity in the 17th and 18th Centuries (McFarland, 2015) p108
  10. S. M. Dubnow and I. Friedlander, History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, from the Earliest Times Until the Present Day (Jewish Publication Society of America, 1916) p260
  11. Bruce F. Pauley, Pioneering History on Two Continents: An Autobiography (Potomac Books, 2014) p2