On This Day

What Happened on May 5, 1840

Day of the Week: Tuesday

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
  • Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76