On This Day

What Happened on January 22, 1879

The British: 139. Zulu Warriors: 4,000. Let Battle Begin

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), born in Paris, France (d. 1953)

Famous Deaths

  • Anthony Durnford, British colonel, dies in Battle of Isandlwana
  • George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle
1879 Highlights

About January 22, 1879

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 142 years, 9 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aquarius