What Happened in 1879

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa
  • 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.

1879 in Music

  • Dec 31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC

Did You Know?

James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his saloon in Dayton, Ohio

On November 4, 1879

Would You Believe?

Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful "F. W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store" on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

On June 21, 1879

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