On This Day

What Happened in January 1838

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrate their telegraph machine in New Jersey

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • Jan 8 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
  • Jan 11 First public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail
  • Jan 26 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 William Hugh Young, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • Jan 4 Charles Stratton, [General Tom Thumb] (famous short person)
  • Jan 5 Camille Jordan, French mathematician, born in Lyon, France (d. 1922)
  • Jan 6 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1920)
  • Jan 16 Franz Brentano, German philosopher and psychologist (d. 1917)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 13 Ferdinand Ries, German composer dies at 53
  • Jan 16 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS]
  • Jan 20 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer, dies at 64
  • Jan 23 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • Jan 28 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [NS]
  • Jan 30 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail