Historical Events for Year 1838

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Jan 1st - 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
Jan 8th - Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
Jan 11th - 1st public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail
Jan 26th - Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
Feb 16th - Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
Feb 16th - Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
Feb 25th - London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
Feb 28th - Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Qu├ębec)
Mar 3rd - Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
Mar 6th - Franz Grillparzer's "Weh dem, der Lugt," premieres in Vienna
Inventor Samuel MorseInventor Samuel Morse Mar 8th - US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
Apr 8th - Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC)
Apr 9th - UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London
Apr 18th - Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails
Apr 22nd - English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after Atlantic crossing
Apr 23rd - English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
Apr 27th - Fire destroys half of Charleston
Apr 30th - Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation
Jun 10th - Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.
Jun 11th - Iowa Territory is organized
Jun 12th - Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass
Jun 12th - Iowa Territory forms
Jun 28th - Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London
Jul 4th - 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 7th - Central American federation is dissolved
Jul 8th - Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed
Aug 1st - Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners.
Aug 18th - 1st US marine expedition
Aug 23rd - Mt Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class
Abolitionist Frederick DouglassAbolitionist Frederick Douglass Sep 3rd - Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor
Sep 5th - Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands
Sep 10th - Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini," premieres in Paris
Sep 18th - Anti-Corn Law League established by Richard Cobden
Sep 19th - Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake
Sep 24th - Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law
Oct 1st - Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992)
Oct 27th - Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
Nov 3rd - 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 5th - Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation
Author Victor HugoAuthor Victor Hugo Nov 8th - Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas" premieres in Paris
Nov 30th - Mexico declares war on France
Dec 16th - Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa

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