Thomas Edison invents the phonograph at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
Joseph K. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois, received a patent for barbed wire.
Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current (AC) motor, making it possible to transmit electricity over great distances.
Eli Whitney obtained a patent for the cotton gin.
Samuel Colt introduced the “six-shooter,” the first handgun with a revolving barrel.
Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first message by telegraph: “What hath God wrought.”
Inventor Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.
Eli Whitney (1765–1825) invented the cotton gin and also developed and popularized the use of interchangeable parts in mass production.