August 1759 in history

August 1759 events chronologically

Aug 1 Seven Years' War: The Battle of Minden, an allied Anglo-German army victory over the French. In Britain this was one of a number of events that constituted the Annus Mirabilis of 1759 and is celebrated as Minden Day by certain British Army regiments
Aug 19 Battle of Lagos Naval battle during the Seven Years' War between Great Britain and France

Born in August 1759

Aug 9 Johann Christoph Friedrich GutsMuths especially known for his role in the development of physical education. He is thought of as the "grandfather of gymnastics" – the "father" being Turnvater Jahn. GutsMuths introduced systematic physical exercise into the school curriculum, and he developed the basic principles of artistic gymnastics
Aug 12 Thomas Andrew Knight Coordinates: 52°22′01″N 2°49′01″W / 52.367°N 2.817°W / 52.367; -2.817.
Aug 18 Jean Ambroise Baston de Lariboisière a general of artillery of the First French Empire. He fought in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars and died of fatigue at Königsberg in East Prussia on 21 December 1812, during the Grand Army's retreat from Moscow
Aug 24 William Wilberforce an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire. In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807

Died in August 1759

Aug 8 Carl Heinrich Graun a German composer and tenor singer. Along with Johann Adolph Hasse, he is considered to be the most important German composer of Italian opera of his time
Aug 10 Ferdinand VI of Spain King of Spain from 9 July 1746 until his death. He was the fourth son of the previous monarch Philip V and his first wife Maria Luisa of Savoy. Ferdinand, the third member of the Spanish Bourbon dynasty, was born in Madrid on 23 September 1713
Aug 18 Pyotr Saltykov a Russian statesman and a military figure, russian general-fieldmarshal , son of Semyon Saltykov.
Aug 24 Ewald Christian von Kleist a German poet and officer.