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18381st public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail

1838Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor

1838 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide 
Jan 8
Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out 
Jan 11
1st 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 
Feb 16
Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions 
Feb 16
Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus. 
Feb 25
London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours 
Feb 28
Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec) 
Mar 3
Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada 
Mar 6
Franz Grillparzer's "Weh dem, der Lugt," premieres in Vienna 
Mar 8
US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes) 
Apr 8
Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC) 
Apr 9
UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London 
Apr 18
Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails 
Apr 22
English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after Atlantic crossing 
Apr 23
English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC 
Apr 27
Fire destroys half of Charleston 
Apr 30
Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation 
Jun 10
Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered. 
Jun 11
Iowa Territory is organized 
Jun 12
Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass 
Jun 12
Iowa Territory forms 
Jun 28
Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London 
Jul 4
Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: Mining pit floods during a rainstorm drowning 26 children, leads to the 1842 commission on the employment of children and women in mines which resulted in the banning of female and child labour underground 
Jul 7
Central American federation is dissolved 
Jul 8
Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed 
Aug 1
Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners. 
Aug 18
1st US marine expedition 
Aug 23
Mt Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class 
Sep 3
Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor 
Sep 5
Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands 
Sep 10
Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini," premieres in Paris 
Sep 18
Anti-Corn Law League established by Richard Cobden 
Sep 19
Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake 
Sep 24
Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law 
Oct 1
Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992) 
Oct 27
Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated. 
Nov 3
The Times of India, the world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. 
Nov 5
Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation 
Nov 8
Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas" premieres in Paris 
Nov 30
Mexico declares war on France 
Dec 16
Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa 
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