On This Day

What Happened on November 4, 1879

Historical Events

  • African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents the Refrigerating Apparatus [1]
  • James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his saloon in Dayton, Ohio

Famous Birthdays

Will Rogers

Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), born in Oologah, Oklahoma (d. 1935)

1879 Highlights

About November 4, 1879

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 142 years, 1 month and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Scorpio