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Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
- January 10 - DePauw University founded in Greencastle, Indiana
- January 26 - Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. State.
- February 8 - Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate
- February 11 - American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
- March 4 - Martin Van Buren succeeds Andrew Jackson as the President of the United States of America.
- March 4 - Chicago, Illinois is granted a city charter by Illinois.
- May 10 - Panic of 1837 (Global economic crisis): New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
- June 5 - The city of Houston, Texas is granted a city charter.
- June 20 - Queen Victoria, monarch of the United Kingdom ascends to the throne .
- August 16 - Dutch sack of the fortress of Bonjol, ending the Padri War
- November 7 - In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy is shot to death by a mob (supporters of slavery) while he was attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.
- Financial and economic panic in US (wildcat banking, paper speculation and inflated land values)
- Samuel Morse invents the telegraph
- In the Canadas, William Lyon Mackenzie leads the Upper Canada Rebellion and Louis-Joseph Papineau leads the Patriotes Rebellion.
Year in topic
- February 5 - Dwight L. Moody, evangelist († 1899)
- March 1 - William Dean Howells, writer, historian, editor, politician. († 1920)
- March 18 - Grover Cleveland, President of the United States († 1908)
- March 23 - Charles Wyndham - English Actor and Theatrical Manager († 1919)
- May 9 - Adam Opel, German engineer and industrialist († 1895)
- June 22 - Paul Morphy, US chess player († 1884)
- August 24 - Théodore Dubois, composer and teacher († 1924)
- October 11 - Joseph Burton Sumner, later founder and first mayor of Sumner, Mississippi, USA. (†1920)
- November 14 - Lucas Barrett, English naturalist († 1862)
- December 26 - George Dewey, naval officer († 1917)
- Osman Pasha - Turkish General & Statesman († 1900)
- January 20 - John Soane, British architect (* 1753)
- January 23 - John Field, composer (* 1782)
- February 7 - Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (* 1778)
- February 10 - Alexander Pushkin, author (* 1799)
- March 31 - John Constable, painter (* 1776)
- June 20 - King William IV of the United Kingdom (* 1765)
- October 5 - Hortense de Beauharnais Queen of Holland and mother of the Emperor Napoleon III of France (* 1783)
- December 13 - Saint Herman of Alaska * c1756)