On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1840

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, American composer, born in Adamsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestKarl Ferdinand von Graefe

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


1840 Highlights

About July 4, 1840

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 180 years, 1 month and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Cancer