Historical Events in January 1879

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

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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.

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Jan 29 Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established

  • Jan 30 French President Patrice de Mac-Mahon resigns