Significant Events in the Industrial Revolution


Industrial Revolution created a new economic system, known as capitalism

476 AD - 1600

Invented battery

1800 - Present

Count Alessandro Volta invents the battery.

First electric light

1809 - Present

Humphrey Davy invents the first electric light - the first arc lamp. Makes home life easier for people with the money to buy one.

First Photograph

1814 - Present

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce was the first person to take a photograph. He took the picture by setting up a machine called the camera obscura in the window of his home in France. It took eight hours for the camera to take the picture.


1839 - Present

Kirkpatrick Macmillan invents a bicycle.


1862 - Present

Alexander Parkes invents the first man-made plastic. Makes a lighter, cheaper solid to use in industry. Very widely used today.

Traffic lights

1868 - Present

J P Knight invents traffic lights.


1876 - Present

Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone. Makes long distance instant communication possible for the everyday person.


1885 - Present

Karl Benz invents the first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine.


1920 - Present

Invented by Earle Dickson