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Events in History in January 1838

Historic InventionMorse Telegraph First Demonstrated

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

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The original Morse telegraph machine, as developed by Samuel Morse
The original Morse telegraph machine, as developed by Samuel Morse
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  • Jan 8 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out

CommunicationHistoric 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

Inventor Samuel Morse
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Samuel Morse
  • 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]