On This Day

Historical Events in January 1838

  • Jan 1 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • Jan 8 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out

Historic Communication

Jan 11 First public demonstration of telegraph messages sent using dots and dashes at Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail

  • Jan 26 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • Jan 26 Myall Creek Massacre: about 50 Wirrayaraay indigenous people killed by New South Wales Mounted Police (seven men later the first ever to be hanged for killing Australian Aborigines) [1]