Thomas Alva Edison was born on this day in 1847. His work became famous when he discovered the existence of electricity. His discovery led to many breakthroughs in the scientific world, allowing the world to develop at a much quicker pace. His discoveries lit up the streets, replacing oil lamps with electric ones. To distribute these, he founded a company that would allow him to share his work with the world. He became a business man, and expanded his laboratory in Menlo Park, New York City, to two blocks. He also developed the first motion picture camera, allowing the film industry to take off, raking in cash as people searched for entertainment. His other notable invention is that of the phonograph, which allowed people to listen to music at home, whenever they wanted to. He died in 1931 at the age of eighty-four.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
-Thomas A. Edison