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Notable Historical Events - 1837

1837US President Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas

1837Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent

1837Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality

1837Martin Van Buren inaugrated as 8th president

1837 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 22
Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands 
Jan 26
Michigan admitted as 26th US state 
Feb 8
1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin) 
Feb 11
American Physiological Society organizes in Boston 
Feb 13
Riot in New York due to a combination of poverty and increase in the cost of flour 
Feb 17
Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality 
Feb 25
1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport 
Mar 3
Congress increases Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9 
Mar 3
US President Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas 
Mar 4
Martin Van Buren inaugrated as 8th president 
Mar 4
Weekly Advocate changes its name to the Colored American 
Mar 4
Chicago becomes incorporated as a city. 
Mar 24
Canada gives black citizens the right to vote 
Apr 19
Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth 
May 3
The University of Athens is founded. 
May 9
"Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies 
May 10
Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. 
May 25
The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom. 
May 31
Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria 
Jun 11
The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans. 
Jun 13
1st Mormon missionaries to British Isles leave Kirtland, Ohio 
Jun 17
Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent 
Jun 18
Spain gets new Constitution 
Jun 20
Britain issues its 1st stamp, 1 penny Queen Victoria 
Jun 20
Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV. She ruled for 63 years ending in 1901 
Jul 4
Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool. 
Jul 13
Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace 
Jul 25
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph was successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on 25 July 1837 between Euston and Camden Town in London. 
Jul 27
US Mint opens in Charlotte, NC 
Aug 5
1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY 
Aug 28
Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce 
Sep 6
Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-ed (4 women, 30 men) 
Sep 21
Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores 
Oct 1
"Racer's" Hurricane (Gulf of Mexico) 
Oct 1
Treaty with Winnebago Indians 
Oct 9
Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke NC killing 100 
Oct 9
Meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy establishes the U.S. Naval Institute. 
Oct 31
Collision of river boat Monmouth & Trement on Miss; 300 die 
Nov 7
In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy shot dead (age 34) by pro-slavery mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time. 
Nov 8
Mount Holyoke Seminary in Mass-1st US college founded for women 
Nov 15
Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system 
Nov 19
Floridsdorf-Deutsch Wagram railway in Austria opens 
Nov 21
Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times 
Dec 5
Hector Berlioz' "Requiem" premieres 
Dec 5
Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada 
Dec 25
Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians 
Dec 29
Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo 
Dec 29
Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine 
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