What Happened In February 1879 In History

Historical Events for February, 1879

  • 8th » Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 8th » The England cricket team led by George Harris, 4th Baron Harris e.g Lord Harris is Sydney Riot of 1879 named attacked during a riot during a match in Sydney.
  • 14th » The War of the Pacific breaks out when Chilean armed forces occupy the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta.
  • 22nd » In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime F.W. Woolworth Company named Woolworth stores.

Famous Birthdays on February in 1879

  • 6th » Othon Friesz, French painter (d. 1949)
  • 6th » Magnús Guðmundsson (politician) named Magnús Guðmundsson, Icelandic politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Iceland (d. 1937)
  • 6th » Edwin Samuel Montagu, English politician, Secretary of State for India (d. 1924)
  • 6th » Carl Ramsauer, German physicist (d. 1955)
  • 10th » Ernst Põdder, Estonian general (d. 1932)
  • 13th » Sarojini Naidu, Indian poet and activist (d. 1949)
  • 20th » Hod Stuart, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1907)
  • 22nd » Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Danish chemist (d. 1947)
  • 26th » Frank Bridge, English violist and composer (d. 1941)
  • 27th » René Lefebvre, French businessman (d. 1944)

Famous Deaths for February 1879

  • 23rd » Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and politician, 10th Minister-President of Prussia (b. 1803)
  • 24th » Shiranui Kōemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 11th Makuuchi Yokozuna called Yokozuna (b. 1825)

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