New Technology

  • Apr 7, 1565


    This was a weapon made for infantry men to use. Due to its slow reload and fire rate, musketters were covered my pikemen. Once the bayonet was invented, nearly all infantry men bacame musketters. They were used in battle until the flintlock was made pushin out the heavier and slower musket.
  • Telescope

    The earliest recorded working telescopes were the refracting telescopes that appeared in the Netherlands in 1608. Galielo heard about this new invention, made his own and started looking to the night sky to learn more about his planet from the other planets and stars.
  • Newspaper

    The emergence of the new media in the 17th century has to be seen in close connection with the spread of the printing press from which the publishing press derives its name. It was invented in Amsterdam and was invemted along with the printing press. This helped the invention of the newspaper take flight and prosper. This was the beginning of mass media for the public.
  • Bayonet

    A bayonet is a knife, sword, or spike-shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the muzzle of a rifle, musket or similar weapon, doubling the weapon as a spear. They became popular during this time due to the slow reload time of muskets.
  • Calculus

    The branch of mathematics that deals with the finding and properties of derivatives and integrals of functions, by methods originally based on the summation of infinitesimal differences. The two main types are differential calculus and integral calculus.
  • Submarine

    The first American military submarine was Turtle in 1776, a hand-powered egg-shaped device designed by the American David Bushnell, to accommodate a single man. It was the first submarine capable of independent underwater operation and movement.
  • Mechanical Reaper

    Mechanical Reaper
    The mechanical reaper was patented by Cyrus McCormick in 1834. This made the act of harvesting crops in the South much easier, and involved less manual labor. This increased the economy because more crops could be harvested faster.
  • Steel Plow

    Steel Plow
    This was invented by John Deere to combat the tough prairie soil of Illinois. It was made of a highly polishes steel in the shape of a molboard.
  • First Telegraph Message

    First Telegraph Message
    Samual F.B. Morse telegraphed from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. The telegraph was an extremely beneficial to the nation because it allowed people to communicate across long distances far quicker than via mail.
  • Refrigerated Boxcar

    Refrigerated Boxcar
    This was used to transfer meat and fresh crops to the East Coast. This was the only way for farmers to sell their producy decently fresh from out West. Otherwise the only fresh products were coming from the surronding farms of the East Coast.
  • Bessemer Process

    Bessemer Process
    The Bessemer Process was used to inexpensively make steel by factories during Industrialization. Air was blown through to oxidize the iron which also increased the tempreature, this kept the iron molten. This was then added with other metals to make steel.
  • Barbed Wire

    Barbed Wire
    Was used to protect livestock and crops of western farmers from theives and wild animals. This led to a rise in farm products in markets.
  • Transcontinental Railroad

    Transcontinental Railroad
    This railroad line was created to connect the East Coast to the West. It also allowed farmers in the plains to send their product off to market where they can make more money.
  • Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. It included two directional audio so people could talk to each other from far away. This revolutionized communication throughout America.
  • Phonograph

    Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. It was a way to record and play back sound. This allowed people to listen to and record music.
  • Lightbulb

    Thomas A. Edison perfected the lightbulb in 1879. This allowed for people to be more productive as they weren't limited to the times and places they could do work involving light without worrying about using fire, which was obviously dangerous.
  • First Power Station

    First Power Station
    Thomas Edison invented an electric power station in New York and started to establish a power grid. This enabled people to use his inventions, and it set the path for power grids and generator technology in the future.
  • Radio

    In 1864 electromagnetic waves were discovered, leading to the science of making the first radio. In 1896 Guglielmo Marconi devoloped the first commercial radio and patented it,and began manafacturing them. With WW1, radios' abilities were greatly increased and by 1920 they were widely used for mass media.
  • Electric Washing Machine

    Electric Washing Machine
    In 1904 the first electric washing machine was made commercially and sold to American consumers by Alva J. Fisher. As it turns out, there is evidence of a patent before this one for an electric washing machine, but to this day that person is unknown.
  • Model T

    Model T
    Ford's Model T was the first widely affordable car. It revolutionized society as it allowed the middle class to have cars, and go further places on their own whenever they want.
  • Assemblly Line

    Assemblly Line
    The first modern assembly line was made by Olds, who worked at Olds Motor Veichle Company. Ford then came in and installed mechanical conveyor belts. With this, Ford perfected the assembly line making him the man everyone credited the invention to.
  • Refrigerator

    The first domestic refrigerator was invented in 1913 by Fred W. Wolf. It was later improved upon by many others. It was later improved with many different versions such as the absorbition refirgerator invented by Swiss college students in 1922.
  • Poison Gas

    Poison Gas
    During World War 1, many new weapons were developed. This includes poison gas. These various types of poison gasses developed caused skin burns and in many cases death.
  • Panama Canal

    Panama Canal
    The Panama Canal, building of which was instigated by Theodore Roosevelt, was a huge technological achievement. It was built with a series of locks that open for big ships, an electric system allowing two boats to pass in opposite directions at once. Much of the same technology is still being used today.
  • Bulldozer

    A young farmer, James Cummings, and a draftsmen, J. Earl McLeod, devoloped the first bulldozer. It was originally called an "Attachment for Tractors," but then it was devoloped into a seperate veichle. In 1940 the fist rubber tired bulldozer was made. This was a great improvment from the single attachment.
  • Electric Dishwasher

    Electric Dishwasher
    The first modern dishwasher was invented William Howard Livens in England. He installed a front door for loading, a wire rack to hold the dirty tableware and a rotating sprayer. Later a dryline element was added in 1940.
  • Steam Iron

    Steam Iron
    Thomas Sears invented the first steam iron in NYC. This was the first of it's kind and it was more efficent than charcoal, electric and metal irons before. This company sold it for $10, this made it the most popular iron. After this the electric steam iron gained massive popularity.
  • One of the first computers

    One of the first computers
    Named Enigma, an early computer was used to transmit with the German code. Other computers were used by the Allies to break the code.
  • First Sound Movie

    First Sound Movie
    The Jazz singer was the first mass published movie with sound, known as a "talkie." This was mainly possible due to the research of Thomas Edison.
  • Jet Engine

    Jet Engine
    The Jet Engine paved the way to more advanced flying machines that would prove themselves in World War 2. It would also help the commercial airline industry. It was invented by Frank Whittle and Hans von Ohain.
  • Penicillin Invented

    Penicillin Invented
    Dr. Howard Florey's research proved a way to fight bacteria, which saved many soldiers in particular from dying of common infections.
  • First Television

    First Television
    The World's Fair is held in NYC, and the theme was "The World of Tommorrow." It exhibited the first working television along with many other great inventions. It was invented by Philo Farnsworth and Charles Francis Jenkins.
  • Nuclear Fission Discovered

    Nuclear Fission Discovered
    Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner and Fritz Strassman make the discovery in 1939.This is the process in which the nucleus of a particle breaks down into smaller parts. This creates a vast amount of energy. This would lead to the invention of the Atomic Bomb in World War 2
  • Atomic Bomb

    Atomic Bomb
    On this day, the Manhattan Project completed thier goal of making a weapon of mass destruction. This marked the beginning of the era of nuclear weapons. The next two bombs made were Little Boy, a gun type fission bomb, and Fat Man, and implosion type fission bomb.

    ENIAC, the first electronic computer was created. The project was financed by the US military, and was built at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Transistor

    The Transistor
    Bell Labs created the transistor. This was then used in radios and computers. Transistors can be used to amplify currents, and act as switches.
  • First Moon Landing

    First Moon Landing
    Apollo 11 landed on the moon making Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon. This also was a victory for the US in the space race against the Soviets.