What Happened on July 4, 1840

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end

Famous Birthdays

  • James McGranahan, composer

Famous Deaths

Person of interestKarl Ferdinand von Graefe

Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53