December 1879 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Clyde Cessna, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1954)
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland
  • Dec 15 Hugo W C Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer
  • Dec 18 Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss/German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)
  • Dec 21 Theodore Limperg, business economist (substitute value)
  • Dec 22 Ralph Hawtrey, Buckinghamshire England, economist (multiplier)
  • Dec 22 Stanislas Bizot, French world checker champion (1925)
  • Dec 24 Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (d. 1941)
  • Dec 29 Billy Mitchell, aviation hero Gen (WW I)
  • Dec 30 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Hindu philosopher/yogi (Maharshi Research Inst)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American industrialist (b. 1814)