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This article is about the year 1837.
|Centuries:||18th century – 19th century – 20th century|
|Decades:||1800s 1810s 1820s – 1830s – 1840s 1850s 1860s|
|Years:||1834 1835 1836 – 1837 – 1838 1839 1840|
|1837 in topic:|
|Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Literature – Music|
|Australia – Brazil - Canada – France – Germany – Mexico – Philippines – South Africa – United Kingdom – United States|
|Rail Transport – Science – Sports|
|Lists of leaders|
|Colonial Governors – State leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2590|
|British Regnal year||7 Will. 4 – 1 Vict. 1|
|Chinese calendar||丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
4533 or 4473
— to —
丁酉年 (Fire Rooster)
4534 or 4474
|- Vikram Samvat||1893–1894|
|- Shaka Samvat||1759–1760|
|- Kali Yuga||4938–4939|
|Japanese calendar||Tenpō 8
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 12 days|
|Minguo calendar||75 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2379–2380|
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- January 1 – Galilee earthquake.
- January 26 – Michigan becomes the 26th state admitted to the United States.
- February – Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist begins publication in serial form in London.
- February 4 – Seminoles attack Fort Foster in Florida.
- February 25 – In Philadelphia, The Institute for Colored Youth (ICY) is founded as the first institution for the higher education of black people in the United States.
- March 4
- May – W. F. Cooke and Charles Wheatstone patented a system of electrical telegraph.
- May 10 – The Panic of 1837 begins in New York City.
- June 5 – The city of Houston, is incorporated by the Republic of Texas.
- June 11 – The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, Massachusetts, fueled by ethnic tensions between the Irish and the Yankees.
- June 20 – 18-year-old Queen Victoria accedes to the throne of the United Kingdom on the death of her uncle William IV without legitimate heirs. She will reign for more than 63 years. Under Salic law, the Kingdom of Hanover passes to William's brother, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, ending the personal union of Britain and Hanover which has persisted since 1714.
- July – Charles W. King sets sail on the American merchant ship Morrison. In the Morrison Incident, he is turned away from Japanese ports with cannon fire.
- July 13 – Queen Victoria moves from Kensington Palace into Buckingham Palace, the first reigning British monarch to make this, rather than St James's Palace, her London home.
- August 16 – The Dutch sack the fortress of Bonjol, ending the Padri War.
- September – Battle of Aranzueque: Liberal victory for the forces loyal to Queen Isabel II of Spain, end of the Carlist campaign known as the Expedición Real – The First Carlist War.
- September 28 – Samuel Morse files a caveat for a patent for the telegraph.
- October 10 - October 13 – The French army besieges and captures Constantine in French Algeria.
- October 22 – Henry David Thoreau makes his first journal entry at the suggestion of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- November 7 – American abolitionist and newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy is killed by a pro-slavery mob, at his warehouse in Alton, Illinois.
- November 8 – Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, later Mount Holyoke College, is founded in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
- November–December – In the Canadas, William Lyon Mackenzie leads the Upper Canada Rebellion and Louis-Joseph Papineau leads the Lower Canada Rebellion.
- December 17 – Fire in the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg.
- At Le Mans, France, Father Basil Moreau, CSC, founds the Congregation of Holy Cross by joining the Brothers of St. Joseph and the Auxiliary Priests of Le Mans.
- Louis Daguerre develops the daguerreotype.
- The 5th century BC Berlin Foundry Cup is acquired for the Antikensammlung Berlin in Germany.
- Sylvain Charles Valée and French troops capture Skikda, Algeria.
- January 2 – Mily Balakirev, Russian composer (d. 1910)
- January 7 – Thomas Henry Ismay, known for acquiring the WSL flag
- February 5 – Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist (d. 1899)
- February 13 – Valentin Zubiaurre, Spanish composer (d. 1914)
- March 1 – William Dean Howells, American writer, historian, editor, and politician (d. 1920)
- March 7 – Henry Draper, American physician and astronomer (d. 1882)
- March 18 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)
- March 23 – Charles Wyndham, English actor and theatrical manager (d. 1919)
- April 5 – Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (d. 1909)
- April 17 – John Pierpont Morgan, American financier and banker (d. 1913)
- April 21 – Fredrik Bajer, Danish politician and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1922)
- April 29 – Georges Ernest Boulanger, French general and politician (d. 1891)
- May 7 – Karl Mauch, German explorer (d. 1875)
- May 9 – Adam Opel, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1895)
- May 27 – Wild Bill Hickok, American gunfighter (d. 1876)
- May 28
- June 22
- July 4 – Carolus-Duran, French painter (d. 1917)
- July 18 – Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1873)
- August 24 – Théodore Dubois, French composer (d. 1924)
- September 2 – James H. Wilson, Major General in the American Civil War (d. 1925)
- September 14 – Nikolai Bugaev, prominent Russian mathematician (d.1903)
- September 12 – Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (d. 1892)
- September 16 – King Pedro V of Portugal (d. 1861)
- September 18 – Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, (Portuguese) Archbishop of Goa (d. 1880)
- October 3 – Nicolás Avellaneda, Argentine president (d. 1885)
- October 10 – Robert Gould Shaw, American Civil War General, reformer (d. 1863)
- October 28 – Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the 15th and the last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (d. 1913)
- October 29 – Harriet Powers, African-American folk artist (d. 1910)
- November 2 – Émile Bayard, French artist, illustrator (d. 1891)
- November 5 – Saint Arnold Janssen (d. 1909)
- November 14 – Lucas Barrett, English naturalist (d. 1862)
- November 20 – Lewis Waterman, American inventor and businessman (d.1901)
- November 23 – Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1923)
- December 15 – George B. Post American architect (d. 1913)
- December 26
- Katherine Fox, American medium (d. 1892)
- Mary Harris Jones ("Mother Jones"), Irish-American labor leader (d. 1930)
- January 20 – John Soane, British architect (b. 1753)
- January 23 – John Field, Irish composer (b. 1782)
- February 7 – Gustav IV Adolf, ex-King of Sweden (b. 1778)
- February 10 – Alexander Pushkin, Russian author (b. 1799)
- February 19 – Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
- March 31 – John Constable, English painter (b. 1776)
- April 28 – Joseph Souham, French general (b. 1760)
- May 20 – Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel (b. 1747)
- June 14 – Giacomo Leopardi, Italian writer (b. 1798)
- June 20 – King William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1765)
- September 7 – Fabian Gottlieb von Osten-Sacken, Russian military leader (b. 1752)
- September 21 – Pieter Vreede, Dutch politician (b. 1750)
- September 28 – Akbar II, last Mughal emperor of India (b. 1760)
- October 1 – Robert Clark, American politician (b. 1777)
- October 10 – Charles Fourier, philosopher (b. 1772)
- October 12 – Charles-Marie Denys de Damrémont, French governor-general of French Algeria, killed during the siege of Constantine (b. 1783)
- November 7 – Elijah P. Lovejoy, American abolitionist (b. 1809)
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