On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1789

Historical Events

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

UKBritain Abolishes the Slave Trade

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

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'Am I Not a Man and a Brother?' emblem used by some abolitionists determined to end the slave trade in the British Empire
'Am I Not a Man and a Brother?' emblem used by some abolitionists determined to end the slave trade in the British Empire
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1789 Highlights

About May 12, 1789

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 231 years, 6 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus