Historical Events in December 1879

  • Dec 5 1st automatic telephone switching system patented
  • Dec 13 First federal fish hatching steamer launched (Wilmington, Delaware)
  • Dec 20 Tom Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park
  • Dec 26 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
  • Dec 28 North British Railway's train falls as Tay bridge collapses (Scotland)
  • Dec 30 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" premieres
  • Dec 31 Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US)
  • Dec 31 Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp
  • Dec 31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC