On This Day

January 1838 in History

Events in History

  • 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]

Birthdays in History

  • 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 16 Franz Brentano, German philosopher & psychologist, born in Rhine Province, Germany (d. 1917)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 23 Arnold A. Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral and colonial director, dies at 67
  • Jan 28 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS 16 Jan]
  • Jan 30 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail