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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1838 AD

January

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 (NJ)
January 8: Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
January 26: Tennessee becomes 1st state to prohibit alcohol

February

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

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

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

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

July 7: Central American federation is dissolved
July 8: Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed

August

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

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

October 1: Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992)

November

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

December 16: Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
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