Throughout history, records of past events have been kept through the use of newspapers as they have served us as a primary source of information for hundreds of years. NewspaperArchive has utilized this to feature the most notable events that have occurred, including the events from the year 1880, such as Wabash, Indiana becoming the first ever city to be electrically lit, the first test of Thomas Edison's electric railway being performed, the completion of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany taking place after 632 years of construction, the end of the Second Anglo-Afghan War, the first cash register being patented by James and John Ritty, 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.
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January 22, 1880
The establishment of the Toowong State School takes place in Queensland, Australia.
Thomas Edison financially backs the journal Science as it is published for the first time.
February 02, 1880
Wabash, Indiana installs the first ever electric streetlight.
February 24, 1880
Chester, Pennsylvania launches the SS Columbia as the first outside usage of the incandescent light bulb invented by Thomas Edison.
March 31, 1880
The first ever city to be electrically lit becomes Wabash, Indiana.
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.
May 13, 1880
Thomas Edison's electric railway is tested for the first time in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
June 1, 1880
A patent is granted to Tinius Olsen for the Little Giant Testing Machine.