On This Day

Historical Events in February 1879

  • Feb 5 Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
  • Feb 8 Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute
  • Feb 10 1st electric arc light used (California Theater)
  • Feb 12 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • Feb 12 News about British loss at Battle of Isandlwana to Zulu attack (Anglo-Zulu War) reaches London
  • Feb 14 Chilean troops occupy Antofagasta
  • Feb 15 US Congress authorizes women lawyers to practise before Supreme Court
  • Feb 18 Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha

Statue of Liberty

Feb 18 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

  • Feb 22 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W. Woolworth in Utica, New York (failed almost immediately)
  • Feb 25 US Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
  • Feb 27 Russian Chemist Constantin Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener) [1]
  • Feb 28 "Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political and economic exploitation