1879 in History – What happened in year 1879

In history, year 1879 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1879.

Know what happened in 1879:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
11 January British forces under Lord Chelmsford invaded Zululand without authorisation by the British Government, opening the Anglo-Zulu War.
11 March Sho Tai, the last king of the Ryukyu Kingdom, abdicated when the kingdom was annexed by Japan and became Okinawa Prefecture.
18 September The Blackpool Illuminations in the English seaside town ofBlackpool, billed as 'the greatest free light show on earth', wereswitched on for the first time.
23 March Fighting in the War of the Pacific between Chile and a Peruvian–Bolivian alliance opened with the Battle of Topáter.
28 DecemberThe Tay Rail Bridge, spanning the Firth of Tay in Scotlandbetween Dundee and the Wormit, collapsed during a violent storm while atrain was passing over it, killing all on board.
21 DecemberA Doll's House, a controversial play by Henrik Ibsen thatchallenged 19th century marriage norms, premiered at the Royal Theatrein Copenhagen, Denmark.
01 JulyAmerican evangelist Charles Taze Russell published the firstissue of The Watchtower, the most widely circulated magazine in theworld.
08 FebruaryEnraged by a controversial umpiring decision, cricketspectators rioted and attacked the England cricket team during a matchin Sydney, Australia.
22 JanuaryAnglo-Zulu War-Zulu forces of King Cetshwayo fought to adecisive victory at the Battle of Isandlwana.
01 JuneLouis Napoleon was killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu War,sending shock waves throughout Europe, as he was the last serious hope for the restoration of the Bonapartes to the French throne.
08 February At a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute, engineer andinventor Sandford Fleming first proposed the adoption of worldwidestandard time zones based on a single universal world time.
11 January British forces under Lord Chelmsford invaded Zululand withoutauthorisation from the British Government, beginning the Anglo-Zulu War.
22 OctoberThomas Edison performed a successful test using a carbonfilament thread in an incandescent light bulb (pictured), which wouldbecome the most successful version of the product.
28 DecemberThe Tay Rail Bridge, spanning the Firth of Tay in Scotlandbetween Dundee and the Wormit, collapsed during a violent storm while atrain was passing over it, killing all on board.
21 DecemberA Doll's House, a controversial play by Henrik Ibsen thatchallenged 19th-century marriage norms, premiered at the Royal Theatrein Copenhagen, Denmark.
01 JuneLouis Napoleon was killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu War,sending shock waves throughout Europe, as he was the last serious hopefor the restoration of the Bonapartes to the French throne.
11 MarchSho Tai, the last king of the Ryukyu Kingdom, abdicated whenthe kingdom was annexed by Japan and became Okinawa Prefecture.
08 FebruaryAt a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute, engineer andinventor Sandford Fleming first proposed the adoption of worldwidestandard time zones based on a single universal world time.
11 JanuaryBritish forces under Lord Chelmsford invaded Zululand without authorisation from the British Government, beginning the Anglo-Zulu War.
08 FebruaryAt a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute, engineer and inventor Sandford Fleming first proposed the adoption of worldwide standard time zones based on a single universal world time.
01 JuneLouis Napoleon was killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu War, sending shock waves throughout Europe, as he was the last serious hopefor the restoration of the Bonapartes to the French throne.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1879:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 MayJames F. Byrnes / Politician / United States of America
02 OctoberWallace Stevens / Poet / United States of America
03 JuneAlla Nazimova / Actress / United States of America
04 March Bernhard Kellermann / Poet / Germany
05 JulyDwight F. Davis / Politician / United States of America
06 February Carl Ramsauer / Author / Germany
07 NovemberKing Baggot / Actor / United States of America
09 OctoberMax von Laue / Academic / Germany
09 NovemberS. O. Davies / Politician / United Kingdom
10 NovemberVachel Lindsay / Poet / United States of America
11 AprilBernhard Schmidt / Astronomer / Germany
11 OctoberErnst Mally / Philosopher / Austria
14 SeptemberMargaret Sanger / Activist / United States of America
20 February Hod Stuart / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
21 AugustClaude Grahame-White / Engineer / United Kingdom
26 February Frank Bridge / Composer / United Kingdom
27 DecemberSydney Greenstreet / Actor / United States of America
27 SeptemberHans Hahn / Philosopher / Austria
27 March Edward Steichen / Photographer / United States of America
29 JuneBenedetto Aloisi Masella / Cardinal / Italy

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1879:

YearName / Profession / Country
13 FebruarySarojini Naidu / Poet Writer / India
17 SeptemberPeriyar E. V. Ramasamy / Politician / India
30 DecemberRamana Maharshi / Philosopher / India
13 FebruarySarojini Naidu / Writer / India
13 FebruarySarojini Naidu / Politician / India
13 February Sarojini Naidu / Poet / India

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