On January 19, 1883, the overhead electric lighting system designed by Thomas Edison for Roselle, New Jersey, was used for the first time, making it to be the first city in the world to be lit up by electricity.
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan Ohio. Despite his humble beginnings, a love of science and technology led Edison to become one of the most accomplished inventors of the world. By the time he died in 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey, Edison had given the world a number of inventions that would change the lives of generations to come – the electric light bulb, telegraph, alkaline storage batteries, phonograph, and kinetograph (a motion picture camera). Not only did Edison invent these, he also presented plans for the practical and mass application of his scientific inquiries thereby leaving an indelible mark in the history of mankind. He held 1,093 US patents in his name and many more in Europe.
Starting off as a telegraph operator at the age of 15, Edison’s appetite for innovation and inventions led him to set up the earliest industrial research and mass-scale production laboratory at Menlo Park. The phonograph and the quadruplex telegraph brought Edison success, money, and fame. …(Read more)