Historical Events for Year 1837
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Jan 22nd - Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands
Jan 26th - Michigan admitted as 26th US state
Feb 8th - 1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)
Feb 11th - American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
Feb 13th - Riot in New York due to a combination of poverty and increase in the cost of flour
Feb 25th - 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
Mar 3rd - Congress increases Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9
Mar 3rd - US President Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas
Mar 4th - Martin Van Buren inaugrated as 8th president
Mar 4th - Weekly Advocate changes its name to the Colored American
Mar 4th - Chicago becomes incorporated as a city.
Mar 24th - Canada gives black citizens the right to vote
Apr 19th - Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth
May 3rd - The University of Athens is founded.
May 9th - "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
May 10th - Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
May 25th - The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
May 31st - Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria
Jun 11th - The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
US President & General Andrew Jackson Jun 13th - 1st Mormon missionaries to British Isles leave Kirtland, Ohio
Jun 17th - Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
Jun 18th - Spain gets new Constitution
Jun 20th - Britain issues its 1st stamp, 1 penny Queen Victoria
Jun 20th - Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV. She ruled for 63 years ending in 1901
Jul 4th - Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
Jul 13th - Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace
Jul 25th - The first commercial use of an electric telegraph was successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on 25 July 1837 between Euston and Camden Town in London.
Jul 27th - US Mint opens in Charlotte, NC
Aug 5th - 1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY
Aug 28th - Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcester Sauce
Sep 6th - Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-ed (4 women, 30 men)
Sep 21st - Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores
Oct 1st - "Racer's" Hurricane (Gulf of Mexico)
Oct 1st - Treaty with Winnebago Indians
Inventor Charles Goodyear Oct 9th - Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke NC killing 100
Oct 9th - Meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy establishes the U.S. Naval Institute.
Oct 31st - Collision of river boat Monmouth & Trement on Miss; 300 die
Nov 7th - In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy shot dead (age 34) by pro-slavery mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.
Nov 8th - Mount Holyoke Seminary in Mass-1st US college founded for women
Nov 15th - Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system
Nov 19th - Floridsdorf-Deutsch Wagram railway in Austria opens
Nov 21st - Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times
Dec 5th - Hector Berlioz' "Requiem" premieres
Dec 5th - Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
Dec 25th - Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians
Dec 29th - Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo
Dec 29th - Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine