On This Day

What Happened on August 24, 1759

Day of the Week: Friday

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestWilliam Wilberforce

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

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce

Famous Deaths

  • Ewald C von Kleist, German poet, dies at 44