- January 6 - Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrates the telegraph. Events 1066 - Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England. 1205 - Philip of Swabia becomes King Samuel Finley Breese Morse ( April 27, 1791 &ndash April 2, 1872) was an American painter of portraits and historic
- January 8 - Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code)
- January 12 - Mormonism: Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon flee Ohio for Missouri
- March 8 - The New Orleans Mint strikes its first coinage, 30 dimes. Events 871 - Battle of Ashdown - Ethelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invasion army Alfred Lewis Vail ( September 25, 1807, in Morristown New Jersey – January 18, 1859) was a Machinist and Inventor Morse code is a Character encoding for transmitting telegraphic information using standardized sequences of short and long elements to represent the letters numerals Events 475 - Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople The Latter Day Saint movement is a religious movement within Christian Restorationism, beginning in the early 19th century that led to the set of doctrines Sidney Rigdon ( 19 February 1793 – 14 July 1876) was an important figure in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement. Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads Missouri ( or) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. The New Orleans Mint operated in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a branch mint of the United States Mint from 1838 to 1861 and from 1879 to 1909 The dime is a coin worth Ten cents, or one tenth of a United States dollar.
- May 26 - Trail of Tears begins - with the forced relocation of the Cherokee Native American tribe, which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 4,000 Cherokee Indians. Events 451 - The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place The Trail of Tears was the forced relocation of Native Americans from their homelands to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma in the Western United States The Cherokee (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ a-ni-yv-wi-ya, in the Cherokee language) are a people native to North America, who at the time of European contact Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States
- June 12 - Territory of Iowa established
- September 3 - Dressed in a sailor's uniform and carrying identification papers provided by a free Black seaman, future abolitionist Frederick Douglass boards a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from slavery
- September 4 - Potawatomi Trail of Death, the forced relocation of 859 members of the Potawatomi nation from Indiana to Kansas, begins. Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. The State of Iowa ( is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. Events 36 BC - In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius Abolitionism was a political movement of the 18th and 19th century which sought to make Slavery illegal particularly in the United States and British West Indies Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, February 14 1818 February 20 1895 was an American abolitionist, editor, Orator As a social-economic system slavery is a legal institution under which a Person (called "a slave" is compelled to work for another Events 476 - Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself The Potawatomi Trail of Death was the forced removal by United States forces from September 4 to November 4, 1838, of 859 members of the The Potawatomi (also spelled Pottawatomie and Pottawatomi, among many variations) are a Native American people of the upper Mississippi The State of Indiana ( was the 19th US state admitted into the union Kansas ( is a Midwestern state in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American " More than 40 Potawatomi die from disease and the stress of the march.
- October 16 - Hoax: Bill Stump's Stone allegedly discovered in Moundsville, West Virginia. Events 456 - Magister militum Ricimer defeats the Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the western The Grave Creek Stone is an object of archaeological debate It was discovered in 1838 in Moundsville West Virginia. Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River.
- October 27 - Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, ordering the expulsion of all Mormons from the state. Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. Missouri ( or) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee Lilburn Williams Boggs ( December 14, 1796 March 14, 1860) was the Governor of Missouri from 1836 to 1840 Missouri Executive Order 44, also known as the "extermination order" (alt TalkMormon#Latter Day Saint vs Latter-day Saint --> Mormon
- November 4 - Survivors of the Potawatomi Trail of Death arrive at the present-day site of Osawatomie, Kansas. Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani The Potawatomi Trail of Death was the forced removal by United States forces from September 4 to November 4, 1838, of 859 members of the Osawatomie is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States, 61 miles (98 km southwest of Kansas City.
See also Events January 10 - DePauw University founded in Greencastle Indiana January 26 - Michigan is admitted Year 1838 ( MDCCCXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common See also 1837 in Canada, other events of 1838, 1839 in Canada and the List of 'years in Canada'.
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