1838 in History – What happened in year 1838

✅ Published on April 4th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1838 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1838.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1838 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 januarySamuel Morse and his assistant Alfred Vail successfully tested the electrical telegraph for the first time at Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey.
12 januaryIn order to avoid persecution by anti-Mormons, Latter Day Saint Movement founder Joseph Smith and his followers fled Kirtland, Ohio, forFar West, Missouri.
10 juneMore than 25 Australian Aborigines were massacred nearInverell, New South Wales.
27 juneBankim Chandra Chattopadhyay (Chatterjee), famous novelist, ""the father of modern Indian fiction"" and writer of national song 'Vande Mataram', was born at Katalpara near Naihati, West Bengal. Some of his writings are 'Anandmath' and 'Kapal Kundala'. He was among the first two Bengalee Graduates.
28 juneCoronation of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.
03 septemberFuture American abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped fromslavery.
27 octoberGovernor of Missouri Lilburn Boggs issued Missouri ExecutiveOrder 44, ordering all Mormons to leave the state or be killed.
03 novemberThe Times of India, the world's largest circulated English-language daily broadsheet newspaper, was founded as the The Bombay Timesand Journal of Commerce.
05 novemberThe collapse of the Federal Republic of Central America beganwith Nicaragua seceding from the union.
27 JuneBankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, the author of the national anthem Vande Mataram, was born.
28 JuneQueen Victoria of Britain was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
28 SeptemberThe last Mughal emperor in India Bahadur Shah Zafar ascended the throne after the death of his father.
18 AugustAmerica's first naval expedition took place.
06 JanuaryAlfred Vail and Samuel Morse made the first successful demonstration of the electric telegraph in front of the world.
10 JanuaryLloyd's Coffee House and Royal Exchange of London were destroyed by fire.
28 FebruaryPatriots leader Robert Nelson declared independence of Lower Canada today (Quebec),
08 MarchAmerican mint operation started in New Orleans.
30 AprilNicaragua declared independence from the Central American Federation.
28 MayBroulio Carrillo was sworn in as head of state of Costa Rica, thus beginning his second term in office.
28 JuneQueen Victoria was crowned at Westminster Abbey, London.
07 JulyCentral American Federation dissolved.
01 AugustFormer slaves were freed from their partners in Jamaica.
05 SeptemberCentral Museum opened in Utrecht Netherlands.
27 OctoberMissouri Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered the expulsion, which is the order of all Mormon people) to leave the state.
27 NovemberMexico was invaded by franc forces in the pastry war.
16 DecemberThe Boers won a decisive victory over the Zulus in the Battle of the Blood River.


Famous birthdays in the year 1838:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 JulyWilliam Paine Lord / Politician / United States of America
02 AprilLéon Gambetta / Politician / France
03 DecemberCleveland Abbe / Academic / United States of America
03 DecemberOctavia Hill / Author / United Kingdom
05 January Camille Jordan / Academic / France
06 JulyVatroslav Jagić / Scholar / Croatia
06 January Max Bruch / Composer / Germany
08 JulyFerdinand von Zeppelin / Business Man / Germany
11 MayWalter Goodman / Painter / United Kingdom
11 MayIsabelle Bogelot / Philanthropist / France
13 NovemberJoseph F. Smith / Religious Leader / United States of America
14 February Margaret E. Knight / Inventor / United States of America
16 SeptemberJames J. Hill / Railroad Executive / Canada
16 February Henry Adams / Journalist / United States of America
20 DecemberEdwin Abbott Abbott / Author / United Kingdom
23 January Marianne Cope / Saint / Germany
24 OctoberAnnie Edson Taylor / Educator / United States of America
24 JuneJan Matejko / Painter / Poland
27 OctoberJohn Davis Long / Politician / United States of America
28 AprilTobias Asser / Lawyer / Netherlands

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1838:

YearName / Profession / Country
25 MarchSir William Wedderbum / Civil Servant / India
25 MarchSir William Wedderburn / Civil Servant / India
27 JuneBankim Chandra Chattopadhyay / Author / India
02 SeptemberBhaktivinoda Thakur / Philosopher / India
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