1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America’s greatest inventor.
He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.
On January 19, 1883, built by Thomas Edison, the first standardized incandescent electric lighting system employing overhead wires began service in Roselle, New Jersey.
Extra Note: In the late 1890s Edison worked on developing a lighter, more efficient rechargeable battery (at that time called an “accumulator”).
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