On This Day

December 1879 in History

Events in History

  • 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

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Clyde Cessna, American aviator and airplane manufacturer, born in Hawthorne, Louisiana (d. 1954)
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Christiansen, German nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland, born in Wyk auf Föhr, Province of Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire (d. 1972)
  • Dec 15 Hugo Willem Constantijn Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Dec 18 Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss-German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)
  • Dec 21 Theodore Limperg, Dutch accountant, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • Dec 22 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), born in Nice, France (d. 1950)
  • Dec 24 Émile Nelligan, Canadian francophone poet, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1941)
  • Dec 29 Billy Mitchell, United States Army general (father of the US Air Force), born in Nice, France (d. 1936)
  • Dec 30 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Hindu philosopher/yogi (Maharshi Research Inst)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machine, dies at 65
  • Dec 7 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Charley Parkhurst, American stagecoach driver who disguised herself as a women for 30 years, dies at 67