1837 in history

1837 events chronologically

Jan 26 Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state
Feb 8 Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate
Mar 4 The city of Chicago is incorporated
Mar 24 Canada gives African Canadian men the right to vote
May 3 The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece
May 10 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels
May 25 The Rebels of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom

Top 7 most famous people born in 1837

Jan 2 Mily Balakirev a Russian pianist, conductor and composer known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism and his encouragement of more famous Russian composers, notably Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He began his career as a pivotal figure, extending the fusion of traditional folk music and experimental classical music practices begun by composer Mikhail Glinka. In the process, Balakirev developed musical patterns that could express overt nationalistic feeling. After a nervous breakdown and consequential sabbatical, he returned to classical music but did not wield the same level of influence as before
Mar 18 Grover Cleveland the 22nd and 24th President of the United States; and, therefore was the only US president to serve two nonconsecutive terms and to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of the two Democrats elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933
Apr 17 J. P. Morgan an American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. In 1892, Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric. After financing the creation of the Federal Steel Company, he merged it in 1901 with the Carnegie Steel Company and several other steel and iron businesses, including Consolidated Steel and Wire Company, owned by William Edenborn, to form the United States Steel Corporation
Jun 22 Paul Morphy an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. He was a chess prodigy. He was called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brief and brilliant chess career, but retired from the game while still young
Jul 18 Vasil Levski a Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Founding the Internal Revolutionary Organisation, Levski sought to foment a nationwide uprising through a network of secret regional committees
Nov 23 Johannes Diderik van der Waals a Dutch theoretical physicist and thermodynamicist famous for his work on an equation of state for gases and liquids.
Dec 24 Empress Elisabeth of Austria the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1837

Jan 20 John Soane an English architect who specialised in the Neo-Classical style. The son of a bricklayer, he rose to the top of his profession, becoming professor of architecture at the Royal Academy and an official architect to the Office of Works. He received a knighthood in 1831
Feb 10 Alexander Pushkin considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
Mar 31 John Constable None
Jun 14 Giacomo Leopardi an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment, and, by his own literary evolution, created a remarkable and renowned poetic work, related to the Romantic era
Jun 20 William IV of the United Kingdom King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. William, the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover
Oct 10 Charles Fourier a French philosopher and an important early socialist thinker later associated with "utopian socialism". An influential thinker, some of Fourier's social and moral views, held to be radical in his lifetime, have become mainstream thinking in modern society. Fourier is, for instance, credited with having originated the word feminism in 1837
Oct 17 Johann Nepomuk Hummel an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era