What Happened in 1879

Significant Events

  • Jan 22 Battle of Rorke's Drift: British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders.
  • Feb 10 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • Apr 5 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • Oct 22 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb
  • Nov 4 African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus
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James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his saloon in Dayton, Ohio

On November 4, 1879


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