What Happened on January 10, 1840

A Day's Pay – The Cost of Sending a Letter

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Uniform Penny Post mail system starts throughout the United Kingdom an idea championed by Rowland Hill to increase the volume of mail and its availability to poorer classes

Famous Birthdays

  • Louis Nazaire Bégin, French Canadian archbishop and cardinal, born in Lévis, Canada (d. 1925)
Born in 1840

Famous Deaths

  • Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, 7th child and 3rd daughter of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 69

About January 10, 1840

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 183 years, 8 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Capricorn