Historical Events in July 1879

  • Jul 1 Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower
  • Jul 1 Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha sails from Alexandria to Naples
  • Jul 4 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
  • Jul 4 Battle at Ulundi: Lord Chelmsford beats Zulu King Cetshwayo
  • Jul 12 Agricultural and industrial tariffs are introduced in Germany
  • Jul 15 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats Vere St. Leger Goold 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jul 17 1st railroad opens in Hawaii
  • Jul 20 Swedish expedition headed by Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiƶld, aboard SS Vega, becomes the first to navigate the Northeast passage
  • Jul 31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies