On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1868

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Battle at Ueno, Japan: last Tokugawa armies defeated
  • Maori leader Te Kooti and 300 of his followers captured the schooner Rifleman in the Chatham Islands and sail for New Zealand; landing at Whareongaonga six days later

Famous Birthdays

  • Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (period-luminosity relation), born in Lancaster, Massachusetts (d. 1921)