Thomas Edison invents the phonograph at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
The first electric street car system, spanning twelve miles, opened in Richmond, Virginia.
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.
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.