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What Happened in 1879

Important Events in 1879

  • 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.
  • Feb 10 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • Apr 5 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • Oct 22 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb
  • Nov 4 African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus

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1879 in Music

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

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

On November 4, 1879

Famous People in 1879

World Leaders in 1879

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

On June 21, 1879

Famous Weddings in 1879