1879 in History – What happened in year 1879

✅ Published on April 5th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1879 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1879.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1879 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
11 januaryBritish forces under Lord Chelmsford invaded Zululand without authorisation from the British Government, beginning the Anglo-Zulu War.
22 januaryAnglo-Zulu War-Zulu forces of King Cetshwayo fought to a decisive victory at the Battle of Isandlwana.
08 februaryEnraged by a controversial umpiring decision, cricket spectators looted and attacked the England cricket team during a match in Sydney, Australia.
08 februaryAt a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute, engineer and inventor Sandford Fleming first proposed the adoption of worldwide standard time zones based on a single universal world time.
11 marchSho Tai, the last king of the Ryukyu Kingdom, abdicated whenthe kingdom was annexed by Japan and became Okinawa Prefecture.
23 marchFighting in the War of the Pacific between Chile and a Peruvian–Bolivian alliance opened with the Battle of Topáter.
26 mayRussia and the United Kingdom signed the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state. The Treaty of Gandamak officially ended the first phase of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Afghanistan ceded various frontier areas to Britain to prevent invasion of further areas of the country.
01 juneLouis Napoleon was killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu War, sending shock waves throughout Europe, as he was the last serious hopefor the restoration of the Bonapartes to the French throne.
13 juneGanesh Damodar Savarkar, an Indian revolutionary, was born. Ganesh Dāmodar Sāvarkar also called Babarao Savarkar was an Indian freedom fighter, nationalist, and founder of the Abhinav Bharat Society. He was the epitome of heroism that is unknown and unsung. He led an armed movement against the British colonial government in India, he was sentenced to transportation for life as a result.
01 julyAmerican evangelist Charles Taze Russell published the firstissue of The Watchtower, the most widely circulated magazine in theworld.
18 septemberThe Blackpool Illuminations in the English seaside town ofBlackpool, billed as 'the greatest free light show on earth', wereswitched on for the first time.
22 octoberThomas Edison performed a successful test using a carbonfilament thread in an incandescent light bulb, which wouldbecome the most successful version of the product.
21 decemberA Doll's House, a controversial play by Henrik Ibsen that challenged 19th-century marriage norms, premiered at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen, Denmark.
28 decemberThe Tay Rail Bridge, spanning the Firth of Tay in Scotland Between Dundee and the Hermit, collapsed during a violent storm with a train was passing over it, killing all on board.
23 MayRussian author Ivan Turgenef was awarded a doctorate in civil law by Oxford University. He was the first writer in the world to be given this honor.
01 JulyPostcards were introduced in India.
22 OctoberAmerican explorer Thomas Edison made the first successful use of a high resistive carbon filament.
22 OctoberThe first sedition case under British rule was against the great revolutionary Basudev Balwani Phadke.
22 OctoberWorld's first car dealer showroom opens in London.
20 DecemberThomas Elva Edison performed the bright light.
10 FebruaryElectricity was used for lighting for the first time in the California theater in the US.
13 FebruaryOne of the important national leaders of India, Sarojini Naidu was born.
14 MarchThe rich Albert Einstein was born in a middle-class family in the city of Ulm, Germany.
11 JanuaryThe Anglo and Zulu War began.
25 FebruaryThe US Congress passed the first Timberland Conservation Act.
03 MarchThe first American female lawyer stepped into the US Supreme Court (Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood)
08 AprilSelling of milk in glass bottles was first started.
31 MayThe first electric railway exhibition began at the Berlin Trades Exhibition.
26 JuneThe German company Linde was founded by Karl von Linde.
04 JulyAnglo-Zulu War; This war effectively ended with the British victory in the Battle of Ulundi.

Famous birthdays in the year 1879:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 January William Fox / Writer / United States of America
02 NovemberMarion Jones Farquhar / Tennis Player / United States of America
03 JuneVivian Woodward / Soldier / United Kingdom
04 AprilGustav Goßler / Rower / Germany
04 NovemberWill Rogers / Actor / United States of America
05 JulyWanda Landowska / Educator / France
06 February Magnús Guðmundsson / Politician / Iceland
08 AugustEmiliano Zapata / Politician / Mexico
08 March Otto Hahn / Academic / Germany
14 MayFred Englehardt / Jumper / United States of America
14 MarchAlbert Einstein / Scientist / Germany
18 AugustAlexander Rodzyanko / General / Russia
19 January Boris Savinkov / Soldier / Russia
19 NovemberMait Metsanurk / Author / Estonia
20 February Hod Stuart / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
21 AugustClaude Grahame-White / Engineer / United Kingdom
22 February Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted / Academic / Denmark
27 SeptemberFrederick Schule / Hurdler / United States of America
29 OctoberAlva B. Adams / Politician / United States of America
29 JuneBenedetto Aloisi Masella / Cardinal / Italy

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1879:

YearName / Profession / Country
13 FebruarySarojini Naidu / Poet Writer / India
13 FebruarySarojini Naidu / Writer / India
13 February Sarojini Naidu / Poet / India
30 DecemberRamana Maharshi / Philosopher / India
17 SeptemberPeriyar E. V. Ramasamy / Politician / India
13 FebruarySarojini Naidu / Politician / India
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