What Happened in January 1879

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 John Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 1st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • Jan 2 British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die
  • Jan 2 Dr Benjamin E Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education
  • Jan 2 Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Ill
  • Jan 9 Cheyenne prisoners led by Dull Knife revolt at Ft Robinson
  • Jan 9 Kirland Warbler discovered on Andros Island in Bahamas
  • Jan 11 Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins
  • Jan 12 British Zulu War begins: Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand
  • Jan 16 January record 13" of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)
  • Jan 20 British troops under Lord Chelmsford set camp at Isandlwana
  • Jan 21 Henrik Ibsen's "Et Dukkehjem" premieres in Copenhagen
  • Jan 22 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • Jan 22 James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • 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.
  • Jan 23 US National Archery Association forms (Crawfordsville, Ind)
  • Jan 25 The Bulgarian National Bank is founded.

BattleBattle of Interest

Jan 29 Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established

  • Jan 30 French President Patrice de Mac-Mahon resigns

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Howards End, Passage to India), born in Marylebone, Middlesex (d. 1970)

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • Jan 1 Emile Argand, Swiss geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • Jan 1 Ernest Jones, British psychoanalyst (Life & Work of Sigmund Freud)
  • Jan 1 William Fox, US film pioneer (Nickelodeon)
  • Jan 2 Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • Jan 2 Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)
  • Jan 3 Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge, US First Lady (1923-29)
  • Jan 5 Hans Eppinger, Austrian physician (d. 1946)
  • Jan 7 St Bernadette (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous), 1844(?), religious visionary
  • Jan 11 Antonio Beltramelli, writer
  • Jan 12 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • Jan 15 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • Jan 15 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (d. 1961)
  • Jan 18 Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)
  • Jan 19 Marie Koenen, author/wife of Felix Rutten (Wassend Cereal)
  • Jan 19 Boris Savinkov, Russian writer (d. 1925)
  • Jan 26 Ludovicus H [Lode] Baekelmans, Flemish (stage)author (Tille)

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 7 Dutch King Willem II marries Emma von Waldeck-Pyrmont

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 9 Don Joaquin BF Espartero, fieldmarshall/viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86
  • Jan 13 WF Hendrik the Navigator, prince of Neth/viceroy of Lux, dies at 58
  • Jan 16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet (b. 1827)
  • Jan 22 Anthony Durnford, British colonel, dies in Battle of Isandlwana
  • Jan 22 George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle
  • Jan 23 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • Jan 29 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80