On This Day

What Happened in August 1759

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Battle at Minden, Westfalen: Ferdinand van Brunswick beats France
  • Aug 10 Carlos III crowned King of Spain
  • Aug 12 Battle of Kunersdorf - Russian-Austrian army overpowers Prussians
  • Aug 18 -19] 2nd sea battle of Lagos: England vs France

Famous Birthdays

William Wilberforce

Aug 24 William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1833)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Eugene Aram, English philologist (b. 1704)
  • Aug 8 Karl Heinrich Graun, German composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 Ferdinand VI, the wise, king of Spain, dies at 46
  • Aug 24 Ewald C von Kleist, German poet, dies at 44