On This Day

Historical Events in December 1879

  • Dec 5 1st automatic telephone switching system patented
  • Dec 13 First federal fish hatching steamer launched (Wilmington, Delaware)

Historic Event

Dec 20 Thomas Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park

Music History

Dec 26 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres

  • Dec 28 North British Railway's train falls as Tay bridge collapses (Scotland)
  • Dec 30 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" premieres
  • Dec 31 Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US)
  • Dec 31 Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp
  • Dec 31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC