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The events that have occurred throughout history have contributed to the evolution and formation of the world we live in. Every year holds important and influential events that have left a tremendous impact. Some such events from the year 1879 include the ratification of the Constitution of California, the beginning of the Anglo-Zulu War, the naming of Madison Square Garden in New York City by William Henry Vanderbilt, the formation of the Dual Alliance by Germany and Austria-Hungary, the first demonstration of incandescent lighting by Thomas Edison, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.

Historical Events
For Year 1879

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January, 1879

The ratification of the Constitution of California takes place and remains the state's current constitution.
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January 1, 1879

The value of the United States Note is declared as being the same as gold for the first time since the American Civil War according to the Specie Resumption Act.
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January 10, 1879

The beginning of the Anglo-Zulu War takes place. Read More

January 22, 1879

The first major battle of the Anglo-Zulu War takes place between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom as the Battle of Isandlwana.
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February 8, 1879

The first proposition of the global adoption of standard time is made by Sandford Fleming during a meeting with the Royal Canadian Institute.
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April 5, 1879

War on is declared on Bolivia and Peru by Chile during the War on the Pacific. Read More

April 26, 1879

The second oldest national park is declared in New South Wales, Australia as the Royal National Park.
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May 2, 1879

Pablo Iglesias establishes the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party at Madrid's Casa Labra pub.
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May 26, 1879

An Afghan state is established upon the signing of the Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and the United Kingdom.
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May 30, 1879

William Henry Vanderbilt renames Gilmore's Garden in New York City to Madison Square Garden.
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June 6, 1879

The SS Rotomahana, the first mild steel built ocean-going ship, is launched by William Denny and Brothers in Scotland.
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July 1, 1879

The first issue of what will become the world's most widely circulated magazine, Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, is published by Charles Taze Russell.
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July 4, 1879

The British victory of the Battle of Ulundi brings about the end of the Anglo-Zulu War. Read More

August 16, 1879

The establishment of the Fulham F.C. church soccer team takes place in London. Read More

September, 1879

The major work Progress and Poverty by Henry George is self-published. Read More

October 7, 1879

Germany and Austria-Hungary form the Dual Alliance. Read More

October 13, 1879

England's Oxford University admits it's first female students to study for degrees. Read More

October 17, 1879

Schoolteachers in the North East of England form the Sunderland Association Football Club.
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October 22, 1879

The first practical electric light bulb is tested by Thomas Edison as he uses a filament of carbonized thread.
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November 4, 1879

A patent for the incandescent light bulb invention is applied for by Thomas Edison. Read More

November 10, 1879

The Bell Telephone Company agrees to stay out of telegraphy as long as Western Union agrees to stay out of the telephone business.
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December 30, 1879

Devon, England holds the debut of the Pirates of Penzance comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.
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December 31, 1879

Incandescent lighting is demonstrated to the public by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park, New Jersey for the first time.
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