On This Day

Year 1879 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 11 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa
  • 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.

Historical Marriages

  • Jan 7 Dutch King William II marries Emma von Waldeck-Pyrmont