Events in year of 1879

  • 01-021st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG
  • 01-02British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die
  • 01-02Dr Benjamin E Mays, named President of Atlanta Board of Education
  • 01-02Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Illinois
  • 01-07Dutch King Willem II marries Emma von Waldeck-Pyrmont
  • 01-09Cheyenne prisoners led by Dull Knife revolt at Ft Robinson
  • 01-09Kirland Warbler discovered on Andros Island in Bahamas
  • 01-11Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins
  • 01-12British Zulu War begins: Lieutenant General Chelmsford invades Zululand
  • 01-16January record 13" of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)
  • 01-20British troops under Lord Chelmsford set camp at Isandlwana
  • 01-22James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois and Minnesota
  • 01-22Zulus attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana South Africa
  • 01-23National Archery Association forms (Crawfordsville Ind)
  • 01-29Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established
  • 01-30French President MacMahon resigns
  • 02-05Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
  • 02-101st electric arc light used (California Theater)
  • 02-10Henry Morton Stanley departs to the Congo
  • 02-121st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • 02-12News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London
  • 02-14Chilean troops occupy Antofagasta
  • 02-15Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Court
  • 02-18Arabs capture Egyptian Premier Nabar Pasha
  • 02-221st 5 cent and 10 cent store opened by Frank W Woolworth (Utica NY)
  • 02-25Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
  • 02-27Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)
  • 02-28"Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political / economic exploitation
  • 03-01Library of Hawaii founded
  • 03-031st female lawyer heard by Supreme Court (Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood)

People born in year of 1879

  • 01-01Edward M Forster: England, United Kingdom -- Novelist (Howards End, Passage to India)
  • 01-01Emile Argand: Switzerland -- Geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • 01-01Ernest Jones: British psychoanalyst (Life & Work of Sigmund Freud)
  • 01-01William Fox: US film pioneer (Nickelodeon)
  • 01-02Johannes L "Jan" Walch: Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • 01-02Pieter Tesch: Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)
  • 01-03Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge: 1st lady (1923-29)
  • 01-07St Bernadette [Marie-Bernarde Soubirous]: Religious Visionary
  • 01-09John Broadus Watson: Behaviorist psychologist
  • 01-11Antonio Beltramelli: Writer
  • 01-15Ernest Thesiger: London, England -- Actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul)
  • 01-19Marie Koenen: Author / Wife of Felix Rutten (Wassend Cereal)
  • 01-26Ludovicus H [Lode] Baekelmans: Flemish (stage)author (Tille)
  • 02-01Sydney Baynes: Composer
  • 02-03Charles Follis: 1st black NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 02-05Edward Rigby: England, United Kingdom -- Actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent)
  • 02-06Carl Ramsauer
  • 02-09Carl Natanael Berg: Composer
  • 02-09Jacques Bainville: French historian / essayist / journalist
  • 02-10Franz Carl Bornschein: Composer
  • 02-11Jean Gilbert: Composer
  • 02-17Dorothy Canfield Fisher: United States -- Novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
  • 02-23Agnes Arber: English biologist / philosopher (Mind & the Eye)
  • 02-23Norman Lindsay: Creswick, Victoria -- Artist / Novelist
  • 02-24Herman Teirlinck: Belgian writer (Sun)
  • 02-25Otakar Ostrcil: Composer
  • 02-26Frank Bridge: English violinist / composer / conductor / tutor of B Britten
  • 02-27Jose Sancho Marraco: Composer
  • 03-04Bernhard Kellermann: Writer
  • 03-05Walter Long: Actor (Moby Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol)

People died in year of 1879

  • 01-09Don Joaquin BF Espartero: Field Marshal / Viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86
  • 01-13WF Hendrik the Navigator: Prince of the Netherlands / Viceroy of Lux, dies at 58
  • 01-22Anthony Durnford: British Colonel, dies in battle
  • 01-22George Shepstone: British political affiliate, dies in battle
  • 01-23Adolf Jensen: Composer, dies at 42
  • 01-29Antonia MB Antonucci: Italian Cardinal / diplomat, dies at 80
  • 02-11Honore Daumier: Caricaturist / painter
  • 02-11Willem J van Zeggelen: Dutch Author / Novelist / writer, dies at 67
  • 02-21Peter P van Bosse: Dutch liberal Minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • 03-13Adolf Anderssen: German world champ chess (1851..66), dies at 60
  • 03-30David van der Kellen: Dutch coin engraver, dies at 74
  • 03-30Thomas Couture: French Painter / author, dies at 63
  • 04-09Ernst Friedrich Richter: Composer, dies at 70
  • 04-16Bernadette: St / (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • 04-18Anthony Pannizim: Principal librarian (British Museum)
  • 05-04William Froude: British Civil Engineer / shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
  • 05-24William Lloyd Garrison: Abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73
  • 06-02E Louis JJ Napoleon Bonaparte: Crown prince, dies in battle at 23
  • 07-06Henry Thomas Smart: Composer, dies at 65
  • 08-22Friedrich August Kummer: Composer, dies at 82
  • 08-27Rowland Hill: Introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • 08-30John B Hood: Confederate General (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • 08-31William Barber: 6th US chief engraver (1844-79)
  • 09-08Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba: Composer, dies at 58
  • 09-12Peter Arnold Heise: Composer, dies at 49
  • 09-17Eugene Emmanuel Violletle-Duc: Gothic archetect
  • 09-28Nathan C Meeker: United States -- Poet / writer, murdered
  • 10-31Big Snake: Brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear
  • 11-05James Clerk Maxwell: Scotish physicist (speed of light), dies at 48
  • 12-26Jean Leonard Marie Poiseuille

Events in year of 1880

  • 01-01Building of Panama Canal, begins
  • 01-06Record snow cover in Seattle-120 cm
  • 01-211st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis
  • 01-27Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
  • 02-02SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton
  • 02-10Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Arcanum about Christian marriage
  • 02-12National Croquet League organizes (Philadelphia)
  • 02-16American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
  • 02-17Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
  • 02-29Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland and Italy completed
  • 03-01Pennsylvania is 1st American state to abolish slavery
  • 03-04New York Daily Graphic publishes 1st half-tone engraving, by S H Horgan
  • 03-10Salvation Army of England sets up US welfare and religious activity
  • 03-23Flour rolling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisc)
  • 03-311st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, IN)
  • 05-31League of American Wheelmen (1st US Bicycle Association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 06-011st pay telephone installed
  • 06-01US census at 50,155,783
  • 06-10Charlie Jones becomes 1st to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning
  • 06-121st baseball perfect game-John Richmond of Worcester beats Cleveland
  • 06-1414th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:47
  • 06-16Salvation Army forms in Londo
  • 06-17John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs. Buffalo
  • 06-29France annexes Otaheite (Tahiti)
  • 07-19San Francisco Public Library starts lending books
  • 07-21Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, New York
  • 07-231st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 07-27A P Abourne patents a process for refining coconut oil
  • 07-27Battle of Maiwand, at which Dr Watson is wounded, breaks out
  • 08-14Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed (began in 1248)

People born in year of 1880

  • 01-01Edie Martin: London, England -- Actress (Titfield Thunderbolt)
  • 01-01Shalom Asch: Poland -- Yiddish writer (Motke Ganev)
  • 01-02Louis Breguet: French aviation pioneer
  • 01-05Nicolai Karlovich Medtner: Composer
  • 01-06Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg: Composer
  • 01-10Eduard M Meijers: Dutch lawyer (Short Cause)
  • 01-10French van Cauwelaert: Flemish Minister / Mayor of Antwerp
  • 01-10Grock [Adrien Wettach]: Switzerland -- Clown / circus director
  • 01-11Rudolf T Palm: Pianist / composer
  • 01-17Mack Sennett: Movie creator (Keystone Kops)
  • 01-18Paul Ehrenfest: Austria -- Physicist (adiabates hypothesis)
  • 01-24Elisabeth Achelis: Creator (World Calendar)
  • 01-25Francis George Scott: Composer
  • 01-28Mary Boland: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Comedienne / actress (Ruggles of Red Gap)
  • 02-01Antonio Guarnieri: Composer
  • 02-01Francesco Balilla Pratella: Composer
  • 02-03Arnoldus JH Aerts: Bishop of the Netherlands-New Guinea (1920-42)
  • 02-08Franz Marc: German painter (Blaue Reiter)
  • 02-10Jesse G Vincent: Arkansas, United States -- Engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 02-12John Llewellyn Lewis: Union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
  • 02-14Aida Overton Walker: US dancer / singer (In Dahomey, Salome)
  • 02-14Edgar Leslie Bainton: Composer
  • 02-17Alvaro Obregon: General / President Mexico (1920-24)
  • 02-18Eric De Lamarter: Composer
  • 02-19Arthur Shepherd: Composer
  • 02-21Frank Orth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers)
  • 02-23Edgar Istel: Composer
  • 03-01Julian Myrick: Promoter of junior tennis
  • 03-01Lytton Strachey: Biographer / critic (Benson Medal 1923)
  • 03-03Anne C Veth: Dutch cartoonist / art critic

People died in year of 1880

  • 01-04Anselm Feuerbach: German painter
  • 03-15Jan K J de Jonge: Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • 03-23Gustav Adolf Mankell: Composer, dies at 67
  • 03-25Joseph Rummel: Composer, dies at 61
  • 03-25Ludmilla Assing: Writer
  • 03-26Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras: Composer, dies at 62
  • 03-28Achille Peri: Composer, dies at 67
  • 03-29Jakob Axel Josephson: Composer, dies at 62
  • 03-31Henryk Wieniawski: Polish violist / composer, dies at 44
  • 04-07Diederich Krug: Composer, dies at 58
  • 04-23Guess Saleh [Sarief Bastaman]: Javanese painter
  • 05-09Johann Hermann Berens: Composer, dies at 54
  • 05-10John Goss: Composer / organist, dies at 79
  • 05-16Karl August Krebs: Composer, dies at 76
  • 05-22Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern: German liberal politician, dies at 80
  • 05-26John Curwen: Composer, dies at 63
  • 06-04Eugen Adam: Painter
  • 06-05Jacobus J Cremer: Painter / Author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • 06-18John Sutter: US colonist (gold discovered on his land), dies at 77
  • 06-29George W Vreede: Lawyer / politician
  • 07-22Anna Caroline Oury: Composer, dies at 72
  • 08-17Ole Bull: Composer, dies at 70
  • 09-01Antoon Jurgens: Margarine maker, dies at 75
  • 09-15William Hauser: Composer, dies at 67
  • 10-04William Lassell: English astronomer (1st moon of Neptune)
  • 10-06Benjamin Pierce: US Mathematician / astronomer
  • 10-14Victorio: Apache chief / murderer, killed by Mexican army
  • 10-16Edward Wolff: Composer, dies at 64
  • 11-07Carl Friedrich Weitzmann: Composer, dies at 72
  • 11-08Jacob Edvard Gille: Composer, dies at 66