On this day in history 1/19

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World’s first overhead wired electricity turns on

On January 19, 1883, Roselle, New Jersey got a lot brighter after Thomas Edison’s overhead electrical lines are used to light up the town. This new invention will catch on as the US, and the world, electrify. The overhead electric lighting system designed by Thomas Edison for Roselle, New Jersey, was used for the first time, making it to be the first city in the world to be lit up by electricity. Edison often faced criticism over the origin of many of his patents. Other inventors such as Nikola Tesla criticized him for jumping headlong into tests and labor instead of using scientific calculations to arrive at his conclusions. Despite all the criticism faced by Edison, he remains a popular figure in the world of science and innovations.

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Author: Tom M

Curator @ Echoes of History. Lover of History, Travel, Politics, Music, Space and Haunted Locations. 25 years of experience in Music Industry working at MI5 Recordings & Universal Music Group. Preserving history each moment at a time.

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