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Historical Energy Events

  • First Steam Engine

    First Steam Engine
    Thomas Savery's machine consisted of a closed vessel filled with water into which steam under pressure was introduced. It was later developed by other inventors. *Date not exact
  • Lightning = Electricity

    Lightning = Electricity
    Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment in which he tied a metal key to a kite during a thunderstorm with lightning. After that, Franklin gave the idea of lightning being a source of electricity.
  • Invention of the First Battery

    Invention of the First Battery
    *The exact date is unknown Alessandro Volta invented the Voltaic Pile and discovered the first practical method of generating electricity. His battery consisted of zinc and copper.
  • First Telegraph Message

    First Telegraph Message
    Samuel Morse sends the telegraph message "What hath God wrought?" from the Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the B & O Railroad Depot in Baltimore, Maryland. He invented the telegraph months earlier.
  • First Oil Drilled

    First Oil Drilled
    *Date unknown The first oil was drilled in Pennsylvania.
  • Invention of the Michaux Velocipede

    Invention of the Michaux Velocipede
    Pierre and Ernst Michaux of Paris produce the Michaux Velocipede, a new form of bicycle in which the pedals are directly connected, via crankshafts, to the front wheel. *Date unkwon
  • Invention of the Light Bulb

    Invention of the Light Bulb
    The patent of Thomas Edison's invention was issued on this date.The light bulb changed everyday life. Edison was neither the first nor the only person trying to invent an incandescent light bulb.
  • World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant

    World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant
    On September 30th, 1882, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating on the Fox River in Wisconsin. The plant, later named as the Appleton Edison Light Company, used the natural energy of the Fox River to produce enough energy for a home, the plant itself, and a nearby building. Nowadays, plants are a main part of a country’s energy.
  • Creation of the Solar Cell

    Creation of the Solar Cell
    Russell Ohl is generally recognized for patenting the solar cell, which eventually developed into a modern day solar panel. He used silicon crystals to produce electrical current. *Exact date is argued
  • First Nuclear Explosion

    First Nuclear Explosion
    The first nuclear explosion took place in New Mexico. The test, named Trinity, was intended to prove the radical new implosion weapon design that had been developed at Los Alamos during the previous year.