The Huffington Post: Nikola Tesla was more than just the inspiration for a hair metal band, he was also an undisputed genius. In 1899, he figured out a way to bypass fossil-fuel-burning power plants and power...
On this day in 1968 Chester Carlson died. Chester Floyd Carlson (February 8, 1906 – September 19, 1968) was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington. He is best known...
1837 – Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”. 1851 – First...
1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality. 1920 – The American Professional Football Association (later renamed National Football League)...
The Age: THERE is not much of a plot - a goldfish in a bowl - but the scene and others from the same rolls of film have been revealed as the earliest colour moving images...
1620 – The Mayflower starts her voyage to North America 1863 – Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist. 1880 – The Cornell...
1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit. 1959 – Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color. 2005 – Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ...
1846 – Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine. 1932 – The New York City Subway’s third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, is opened. The Independent Subway System (IND or ISS),...
1862 – James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon. 1882 – The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City. 1927...
1888 – George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film. 1950 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race. 1951...
On this day in 1904 the automobile tire chain Was patented. In snowy conditions, transportation authorities may require that snow chains or other traction aids be installed on vehicles, or at least supplied...
1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan. 1926 – Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established. On 22 March 1925, one and a half...

Who Was Frank Sprague?

Once compared to contemporaries Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and George Westinghouse, Frank Sprague, for better or worse, could be called the "father of the modern city,'' according to a story in the Connecticut Post. Two...
1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York, New York for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world. 1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular...
1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.1914 – The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon....
1885 – Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint. 1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made,...
1709 – Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal 1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph. 1908 – Wilbur Wright...
1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I). 1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan. ...
* 1790 – The very first US patent is issued: to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. * 1865 – The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens...
1863 – Henry Ford, American industrialist, was born1932 – Premiere of Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short. 1940...