Thursday, October 18, 2012

This Day in History October 18, 1931

By Louis Bachrach, Bachrach Studios, restored by Michel Vuijlsteke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One of our greatest American inventors died on this date in 1931--Thomas Alva Edison.  He is most known for inventing, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and, of course, the electric light bulb.  He was one of the first inventors to apply the techniques of "mass production" to the entire process of invention.  We have  him to thank for our entire system of electric power being provided to our homes and businesses today.  He is responsible for 1093 patents, and he is considered the number forth most prolific inventor in history.

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