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Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
- January 6 - Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrates the telegraph.
- January 8 - Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code)
- January 12 - Joseph Smith and one of his followers flee Ohio for Missouri
- 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.
- November 5 - Honduras separates from the Central American Federation, weakening the confederation.
- Proteins discovered by Jons Jacob Berzelius
- the Pastry War
- Start of First British-Afghan War
- Republic of Yucatan declares independence from Mexico
- Start of Central American Civil War
- Friedrich Bessel makes the first accurate measurement of distance to a star.
- Christian Hermann Weisse proposes the two-source hypothesis of gospel origins, which is held by a majority of biblical scholars to this day.
Year in topic
- January 4 - Charles Stratton ("General Tom Thumb"), circus performer, entertainer (+ 1883)
- January 6 - Max Bruch, composer (+ 1920)
- January 16 - Franz Brentano, German philosopher and psychologist (+ 1917)
- February 16 - Henry Adams, american historian
- February 18 - Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher
- March 3 - George William Hill, astronomer (+ 1914)
- May 10 - John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln
- May 20 - Jules Méline, French statesman (+ 1925)
- October 25 - Georges Bizet, French composer
- Ferdinand von Zeppelin