On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1879

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Australian fast bowler Fred Spofforth dismisses 3 English batsmen with consecutive deliveries during the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Test cricket's first "hat-trick"

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)
  • Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), born in Sudbury, England (d. 1938)
1879 Highlights

About January 2, 1879

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 142 years, 6 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn