American inventor and businessman Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp on this day in 1880. Just three years later, the city of Roselle, New Jersey became the world’s first town to use Thomas Edison’s overhead electrical wires. Edison set out to prove that a singular electrical station could provide enough to power for an entire community. Powered by a steam-driven generator, hundreds of street lights, dozens of homes, and Roselle’s railway depot all received electrical power, proving Edison right. This huge leap forward in supplying electricity to the public created a pathway for unprecedented progress in industrialized cities across the world.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” —