On This Day

What Happened in September 1759

Historical Events

  • Sep 12 British soldiers capture the town of Quebec.
  • Sep 13 British beat French forces at Plains of Abrahams (Quebec)
  • Sep 14 Austrian troops occupy Dresden
  • Sep 18 Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British who capture Quebec City

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 19 William Kirby, English entomologist and original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society, born in Witnesham, Suffolk, England (d. 1850)
  • Sep 26 Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1830)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Political activist Thomas Paine (22) weds household servant Mary Lambert (21)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 4 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, dies at 80
  • Sep 10 Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian explorer and Jesuit missionary, dies at 55

Person of interestJames Wolfe

Sep 13 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, dies in battle at 32

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • Sep 14 Louis Joseph Montcalm, French general (Plains of Abraham), dies at 47
  • Sep 28 Cornelis Pronk, Dutch portrait painter and cartoonist, dies at 67