1838 events in history

Jan 6 Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code)
Jan 26 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
Feb 17 Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus
Feb 28 Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
Apr 30 Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation
Jun 10 Myall Creek massacre: Twenty-eight Aboriginal Australians are murdered
Jun 28 Coronation of Victoria of the United Kingdom
Jul 4 The Iowa Territory is organized
Jul 15 Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers the Divinity School Address at Harvard Divinity School, discounting Biblical miracles and declaring Jesus a great man, but not God. The Protestant community reacts with outrage
Aug 1 Non-laborer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated
Aug 18 The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads
Sep 3 Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery
Sep 18 The Anti-Corn Law League is established by Richard Cobden
Oct 27 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated
Nov 3 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 5 The Federal Republic of Central America begins to disintegrate when Nicaragua separates from the Federation
Dec 16 Great Trek: Battle of Blood River – Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa