The Industrial Revolution & Simultaneous Events By JBurzyn Period: Jan 1, 1700 to Dec 31, 1871 The Industrial Revolution Jan 1, 1701 Jethro Tull invents the seed drill. Jethro Tull's revolutionary invention of the seed drill revolutionizes the agricultural industry and eventually leads the the enclosure movement. Jul 9, 1762 Catherine the Great becomes czarina of Russia. Jan 1, 1764 James Hargreaves develops the spinning jenny. Allows you to spin several threads at once. Jan 1, 1765 James Watt makes crutial improvements to the steam engine. James Watt perfects the steam engine. Eventually power will be measured by "Watts" in honor of James Watt. Jan 1, 1776 Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nation Jul 4, 1776 The Thirteen Colonies declare their independence. Jan 1, 1785 Edmund Cartwright invents the power loom Mar 14, 1794 Eli Whitney patens the cotton gin. This machine quickly and easily seperates the cotton from the seed allowing farmers the ability to grow more cotton and more quickly seperate it. Jun 18, 1815 Napoleon is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. http://www.britishbattles.com/waterloo/waterloo-june-1815.htm Feb 21, 1848 Marx and Engels publish The Communist Manifesto These ideas would later be twisted and misused by oppressive dictators. Feb 27, 1871 Trade unions are legalized in Britain. Factory owners are now are held accountable for the treatment of their workers.