On This Day

What Happened on May 5, 1840

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Thomas Carlyle begins his famous lecture series "The Hero as Divinity", later collected in his book "On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History"

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle

Famous Deaths

  • Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, German composer, dies at 67
  • Matthäus Fischer, German organist and composer, dies at 76
1840 Highlights

About May 5, 1840

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 180 years, 3 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus