Historical Events in 1838

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  • Jan 1st 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • Jan 6th The forerunner of Morse code, the telegraph system, is first demonstrated by Alfred Vail
  • Jan 8th Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out

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Jan 11th 1st public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • Jan 26th Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • Feb 16th Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
  • Feb 16th Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulu warriors
  • Feb 25th London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
  • Feb 28th Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Qu├ębec)
  • Mar 3rd Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Mar 6th Franz Grillparzer's "Weh dem, der Lugt" premieres in Vienna
  • Mar 8th US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
  • Apr 8th Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC)
  • Apr 9th UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London
  • Apr 18th Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails
  • Apr 22nd English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after Atlantic crossing
  • Apr 23rd English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
  • Apr 27th Fire destroys half of Charleston
  • Apr 30th Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation
  • Jun 10th Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.
  • Jun 11th Iowa Territory is organized
  • Jun 12th Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass
  • Jun 12th Iowa Territory forms

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Jun 28th Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Jul 4th Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: Mining pit floods during a rainstorm drowning 26 children, leads to the 1842 commission on the employment of children and women in mines which resulted in the banning of female and child labour underground
  • Jul 7th Central American federation is dissolved
  • Jul 8th Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed
  • Aug 1st Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners.
  • Aug 18th 1st US marine expedition
  • Aug 23rd Mt Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class

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Sep 3rd Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
  • Sep 5th Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands
  • Sep 10th Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris
  • Sep 18th Anti-Corn Law League established by Richard Cobden
  • Sep 19th Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake
  • Sep 24th Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law
  • Oct 1st Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992)
  • Oct 27th Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
  • Nov 3rd The Times of India, the world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce.
  • Nov 5th Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation

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Nov 8th Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas" premieres in Paris

Author Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
  • Nov 30th Mexico declares war on France
  • Dec 16th Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
  • Dec 16th Battle of Blood River: Zulu impis defeated by Voortrekkers in South Africa (Great Trek)