Historical Events For Year 1880

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January 22, 1880

The establishment of the Toowong State School takes place in Queensland, Australia. Read More

February, 1880

Thomas Edison financially backs the journal Science as it is published for the first time.
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February 02, 1880

Wabash, Indiana installs the first ever electric streetlight. Read More

February 24, 1880

Chester, Pennsylvania launches the SS Columbia as the first outside usage of the incandescent light bulb invented by Thomas Edison.
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March 31, 1880

The first ever city to be electrically lit becomes Wabash, Indiana. Read More

May 2, 1880

At the foot of Wall Street in New York City, the incandescent lights of the SS Columbia are lit up for the first time.
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May 13, 1880

Thomas Edison's electric railway is tested for the first time in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
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June 1, 1880

A patent is granted to Tinius Olsen for the Little Giant Testing Machine. Read More

June 29, 1880

Tahiti is annexed by France. Read More

July 22, 1880

Emir of Afghanistan is announced as being Abdur Rahman Khan. Read More

August 14, 1880

The completion of the Cologne Cathedral takes place in Germany after 632 years of construction.
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August 26, 1880

A contract is signed between competing circus owners P. T. Barnum and James A. Bailey creating the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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September 1, 1880

The end of the Second Anglo-Afghan War is brought about upon the defeat of Afghan troops by British forces in the Battle of Kandahar.
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October, 1880

North America's "Blizzard of 1880" begins. Read More

October 1, 1880

The establishment if the Munich Re German company takes place. Read More

October 6, 1880

The opening of the University of Southern California takes place with 53 students and 10 faculty members.
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October 28, 1880

The laying of the Clarkson Memorial's first stone takes place in Wisbech. Read More

November 2, 1880

James Garfield wins the presidential election against opponent Winfield Hancock. Read More

November 4, 1880

James and John Ritty patent the first cash register. Read More

November 22, 1880

New York City's Tony Pastor's Theater is home to the first debut of actress Lillian Russell.
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December 30, 1880

Paul Kruger becomes the first president of the newly formed republic of the Transvaal. Read More