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Discovery of Static Electricity

600 B.C. - 599 B.C.

Thales of Miletus writes about amber being charged by rubbing. This was later defined as static electricity.

Static Electricity Producing Machine Created

1600 - 1601

Otto von Guericke invented a machine that produced static electricity.

Transmission of Electric Force

1675 - 1676

Robert Boyle discovered that electric force could be transmitted through a vacuum and observed attraction and repulsion.

Conduction of Electricity

1729 - 1730

Stephen Gray discovers that electricity can be conducted.

Electricity is Embodied

1747 - 1748

Benjamin Franklin experiments with static charges in the air and theorized about the existence of an electrical fluid that could be composed of particles.

First Electric Motor

1821 - 1822

First electric motor invented by Michael Faraday.

Invention of the Electric Transformer

1883 - 1884

The electric transformer is invented. Thomas Edison introduces the "three-wire" transmission system.

Electrons Discovered

1897 - 1898

Electron discovered by J. J. Thomson.

Electric Amplifier

1907 - 1908

Lee De Forest invented the electric amplifier.

Invention of the Transistor

1947 - 1948

The transistor is invented.

Water and Electricity Relations

1972 - 1973

The Clean Water Act of 1972 is passed.

New York City Blackout

1977 - 1978

The New York City blackout occurs.

Three Mile Island

1979 - 1981

The Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurs.

Canadian Power Plant

1984 - 1985

Annapolis, N.S., tidal power plant—first of its kind in North America (Canada) opened.

Electricity Available for Purchase Online

1999 - 2000

Electricity marketed on Internet.