On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1879

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die
  • Dr Benjamin Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education
  • Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Illinois

Famous Birthdays

  • Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)