Thursday, December 31, 2009

On this day: Edison presents his light bulb.

On this day a long, long time ago, in 1879 (that's 120 years for the maths-averse), Thomas Edison brought us the light bulb. He'd been working on it some, but on the last day of the 1870s, it was presented to the world.

It caused a stir then, and onwards, but the peak of relevance for Edison was in 1931, when he died. Since then, however, companies like Con Ed (Consolidated Edison) and Com Ed (Commonwealth Edison) have kept the name in the news to the present.

How important was Edison's invention? Well, the term light jumped in relevance when he invented the light bulb, and peaked when he died. I guess it's nice to be able to see.

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