1838 in History
January 1 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
January 6 Samuel Morse made 1st public demonstration of telegraph
January 8 1st telegraph message sent using dots and dashes in New Jersey
January 8 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
January 26 Tennessee becomes 1st state to prohibit alcohol
February 16 Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
February 25 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
March 3 Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario Canada
March 6 Franz Grillparzer's "Weh dem, der Lugt," premieres in Vienna
March 8 U.S. Mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
April 8 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol England to New York City)
April 9 National Galley opens in London
April 18 Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails
April 22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in New York City after Atlantic crossing
April 23 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in New York City
April 27 Fire destroys half of Charleston
April 30 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation
June 11 Iowa Territory is organized
June 12 Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Massachusetts
June 12 Iowa Territory forms
June 28 Britain's Queen Victoria crowned in Westminster Abbey
July 7 Central American federation is dissolved
July 8 Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed
August 1 Emancipation of British slaves on Bahamas
August 18 1st U.S. marine expedition
August 23 Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class
September 3 Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor
September 5 Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands
September 10 Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini," premieres in Paris
September 18 Anti-Corn Law League established by Richard Cobden
September 19 Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake
September 24 Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law
October 1 Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992)
November 5 Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation
November 8 Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas," premieres in Paris
November 11 Emma Wedgwood accepts Charles Darwin's marriage proposal
November 30 Mexico declares war on France
December 16 Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa