On New Year's Eve, 1879, Thomas Edison unveiled his newest invention: the electric light. Reporters came from all over the U.S. to see Edison's Menlo Park lab lit up with his incandescent bulbs.
In 1894, Thomas Edison filmed sharpshooter Annie Oakley in his Black Maria studio.
In February 1881, Thomas Edison established the headquarters of the Edison Electric Light Company in New York City.
Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his new invention, the telephone, at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.