February 1879 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 5 Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
  • Feb 8 Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • Feb 10 1st electric arc light used (California Theater)

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Feb 10 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Feb 12 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Sq Garden, NYC)
  • Feb 12 News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London
  • Feb 14 Chilean troops occupy Antofagasta
  • Feb 15 US Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Court
  • Feb 18 Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha

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Feb 18 Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

  • Feb 22 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W. Woolworth in Utica, New York (failed almost immediately)
  • Feb 25 US Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
  • Feb 27 Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)
  • Feb 28 "Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 6 Carl Ramsauer, professor of physics and a research physicist (Ramsauer-Townsend effect), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Feb 9 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist
  • Feb 13 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1949)
  • Feb 17 Dorothy Canfield Fisher, US, novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
  • Feb 23 Agnes Arber, English biologist/philosopher (Mind & the Eye)
  • Feb 23 Norman Lindsay, Creswick Victoria, artist/novelist
  • Feb 24 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Sun)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 11 Honore Daumier, caricaturist/painter, dies
  • Feb 11 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author/novelist/writer, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • Feb 23 Albrecht Graf von Roon, Prime Minister of Prussia (b. 1803)