Industrial Revolution created a new economic system, known as capitalism
476 AD - 1600
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.
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.
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.