Historical Events in January 1879

  • Jan 1 Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 1st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • Jan 2 British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die
  • Jan 2 Dr Benjamin Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education
  • Jan 2 Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Cheyenne prisoners led by Dull Knife revolt at Ft Robinson
  • Jan 9 Kirland Warbler discovered on Andros Island in Bahamas

Declaration of WarAnglo-Zulu War

Jan 11 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa
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  • Jan 16 January record 13" of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)
  • Jan 20 British troops under Lord Chelmsford make camp at Isandlwana
  • Jan 21 Henrik Ibsen's "Et Dukkehjem" premieres in Copenhagen
  • Jan 22 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • Jan 22 James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • Jan 22 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.
  • Jan 23 US National Archery Association forms in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Jan 25 The Bulgarian National Bank is founded

BattleBattle of Interest

Jan 29 Custer Battlefield National Monument established in Montana

  • Jan 30 French President Patrice de Mac-Mahon resigns