|Paper money is first printed in China.
|The magnetic compass is invented.
|Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press. The Gutenberg Bible was published in 1452.
|Peter Henlein, a German locksmith from Nuremberg, invents the pocket watch.
|Galileo Galilei invents the water thermometer.
|Englishman William Oughtred invents the slide ruler.
|Frenchman Blaise Pascal invents an adding machine.
|Bartolomeo Cristofori invents the piano.
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the first mercury
Gabriel Fahrenheit introduces the temperature
scale called Fahrenheit
Franklin invents the lightning rod.
|English clergyman and chemist, Dr. Joseph Priestley, invents manmade carbonated water or soda water.
Bushnell's turtle is the first submarine.
Franklin invented bi-focals.
| Eli Whitney
patents the cotton gin which combs and deseeds
bolls of cotton.
Evans invents the Orukter Amphibolos, the worlds
first amphibious vehicle.
Thompson, Count Rumford, invents a coffee pot
with a metal sieve to strain away the grounds.
Fulton invents the steamboat.
| At age
20, Frenchman Louis Braille publishes the first
book in braille entitled, "Method of Writing Words,
Music and Plainsong by Means of Dots for Use by
the Blind and Arranged for Them."
Hunt invents the first lock-stitch sewing machine.
Colt invents the revolver.
Williamson Long performs the first operation using
an ether-based anesthesia.
Goodyear perfects his process for "vulcanizing"
rubber, or combining it with sulfur to create
a soft, pliable substance unaffected by temperature.
F. B. Morse demonstrates his telegraph.
T. Holmes of Boston begins to sell electric burglar
alarms. His workshop is later used by Alexander
Graham Bell as he develops the telephone. Holmes
is the first person to have a home phone. Ezra
J. Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut, patented
the first can opener.
Edwin Drake invents the oil well.
| B. Tyler
Henry creates a new lever action repeating rifle
eventually known as the Winchester.
Plimpton of Medford, Massachusetts, gives the
world the first practical four-wheeled roller
B. Smith of Kent, Ohio, invents barbed wire.
Latham Sholes invents the typewriter. His QWERTY
layout is still in use today.
F. Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan, invents the electric
Graham Bell patents his telephone, built with
the assistance of young self-trained engineer
Thomas A. Watson. Susan Hibbard receives a patent
for the feather duster.
had a little lamb" is the first recording
replayed on Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph.
Edison perfects an incandescent light bulb.
| Dr. Schuyler
Skaats Wheeler invents the electric fan.
Thompson, founder of Coney Island's Luna Park,
invents the roller coaster.
| In Rochester,
New York, George Eastman introduces the Kodak
|Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia invents the revolving door.
WA Cockran of Shelbyville, Indiana, produces a
W. Reno, introduces a new novelty ride at Coney
Island, the escalator.
S. Votey, patents his self-playing piano, which
he calls the pianola.
edged safety razor is invented by King Camp Gillette.
Carrier invents the air conditioner. George Claude
invents the neon light. James Mackenzie invents
the polygraph machine.
Binney and Harold Smith co-invent Crayons. At
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, brothers Orville and
Wilbur Wright have the first powered, sustained,
and controlled flight in an airplane that lasts
12 seconds. Mary Anderson invents windshield wipers.
Einstein gave us E=MC2.
are invented by William Kellogg.
| The first
synthetic plastic (Bakelite) is invented by Leo
Baekeland. Auguste & Louis Lumiere invent
E. Brandenberger invents cellophane.
| G. Washington
invents instant coffee.
Edison demonstrates the first talkie (talking
| The automobile
electrical ignition system is invented by Charles
Franklin Kettering of Dayton Engineering Laboratories
Company or Delco.
inventor De La Mole patents the first tank
Wynne invents the crossword puzzle. Mary Phelps
Jacob invents the bra.
Sullivan and William Taylor co-invent Pyrex.
steel is invented.
Strite invents the pop-up toaster. Short-wave
radio and the arc welder are invented.
Dickson invents the Band-Aid. The tommy-gun is
patented by John T Thompson.
| Sir Frederick
Grant Banting invents insulin.
| The traffic
signal is invented by Garrett A. Morgan.
| In an
effort to make capital punishment more humane,
the State of Nevada introduces death by gas chamber.
| PEZ candy
is invented by Eduard Haas III. JWA Morrison invents
the quartz crystal watch. Philo Farnsworth demonstrates
the first television for potential investors by
broadcasting the image of a dollar sign.
biologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
An injectable form was not to be available for
13 years. Bubble gum is invented by Walter E.
| The Yo-Yo
name is trademarked by D. F. Duncan, Sr. He contributed
the slip-not to the design of the yo-yo which
allowed it to "sleep" for the first
time. Clarence Birdseye offers his quick-frozen
foods to the public.
| 3M engineer,
Richard G. Drew, patents Scotch tape.
| The electronic
flash is invented by Harold Edgerton.
at the research facilities at Johns Hopkins University,
Dr. William Bennett Kouwenhoven develops the defibrillator.
Labs invents a voice recognition machine.
| The photocopier
is invented by Chester F. Carlson.
Biro invents the ballpoint pen.
Sikorsky invents the first successful helicopter.
K. Pabst of the Bantam Car. Co., Butler, Pennsylvania,
produces a four-wheel drive vehicle that will
become famous as the jeep.
David Goodloe and W.N. Sullivan invent the aerosol
| A team
led by J.R. Oppenheimer, Arthur H. Compton, Enrico
Fermi and Léo Szilard detonates the first atomic
bomb at the Los Alamos Lab near Santa Fé, New
Jacques Heim and Louis Reard , invented the bikini.
They named it after a famous nuclear testing site
in the Marshall Islands named Bikini Atoll.
photography is invented by Edwin Herbert Land.
Mobile phones are invented.
observing under a microscope the burrs that were
stuck to his pants, George de Mestral invents
Velcro®. Leo Fender invents the electric guitar.
glue is invented. Francis W. Davis invents power
Head is invented
|Chemist Norm Larsen invents WD-40.
B. Colton invents the first oral contraceptive.
The nonstick pan and solar cell are introduced.
| The hovercraft
is invented by Christopher Cockerell.
| Dr. Albert
Sabin develops a polio vaccine using strains of
polio too weak to cause infection but strong enough
to activate the human immune system.
Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin, founders
of the Wham-O Company, invent the Hula Hoop.
| The Compact
Cassette, a portable tape recorder, is first produced
Craven Walker invents the Astro Lava-Lamp.
Turf® is invented. NutraSweet is discovered by
a researcher, Mr. James Schlatter, at the G.D.
Searle & Company. James Russell invented the
| 28 year-old
Noland Bushnell invents Pong, the first video
game. He goes on to found Atari.
| The first
IBM PC and MS-DOS are invented. For the first
time, NASA successfully launches and lands its
reusable spacecraft, the Space Shuttle.
| The Apple
MacIntosh is invented.
is invented by Microsoft.
|Fuji introduces the disposable camera.
|Christian Andreas Doppler invents doppler radar.
|Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web/Internet protocol (HTTP) and WWW language (HTML).
|Viagra ® is invented by Pfizer. Millions of men and women rejoice.