Book - 1880

Times Newspapers - 1880
Times Newspapers
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Events 1880

January–March — Great fog continues to engulf London.

21 January — An underground firedamp explosion at Fair Lady Pit, Leycett, in the North Staffordshire Coalfield, kills 62 coal miners.

2 February — The first successful shipment of frozen mutton from Australia arrives in London aboard the SS Strathleven.

8 March — The Conservative Party lose the general election to the Liberal Party.

3 April — Gilbert and Sullivan's opera The Pirates of Penzance opens in London, at the Opera Comique on the Strand.

18 April — William Ewart Gladstone succeeds Benjamin Disraeli as Prime Minister. This is Gladstone's second term as Prime Minister.

19 April — Second Anglo-Afghan War: British victory at the Battle of Ahmed Khel.

20 May — Foundation stone laid for Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, the first to be built on a new site since the 13th century.

15 July — An underground firedamp explosion at Risca Colliery in the Crosskeys district of Monmouthshire kills 120 coal miners and 69 horses.

27 July — Second Anglo-Afghan War: Afghan victory at the Battle of Maiwand.

2 August — Time in the United Kingdom: Greenwich Mean Time adopted as the legal standard throughout Great Britain by the Statutes (Definition of Time) Act.

1 September — Second Anglo-Afghan War: British victory at the Battle of Kandahar.

6–8 September — First cricket Test match held in Britain.

8 September — An underground explosion at Seaham Colliery, County Durham, kills 164 coal miners.

October — Irish tenants ostracise landholder's agent Charles Boycott.

29 October — Wells lifeboat disaster: RNLI life-boat Eliza Adams of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, capsizes on service; 11 of 13 crew lost.

17 November — The University of London awards the first degrees to women.

10 December — An underground firedamp explosion at Naval Steam Colliery, Penygraig, in the Rhondda, kills 101 coal miners.

15 December — First performance of a play by Henrik Ibsen in English, The Pillars of Society (under the title Quicksands) at the Gaiety Theatre, London.

16 December - High Court of Justice reorganised into the Chancery, Queen's Bench and the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Divisions, with abolition of the Common Pleas and Exchequer Divisions.

16 December - The Boers declare independence in Transvaal triggering the First Boer War.

20 December — First Boer War: British forces defeated in the Action at Bronkhorstspruit.

24 December — First Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols devised by Edward White Benson, at this time Bishop of Truro.