On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1789

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce