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The American Experience
Technology Timeline

From Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod to the Hubble Space Telescope, this timeline covers some of America's technological innovations and inventions.

Interactive Version
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Text-Only Version

Note: This timeline originally appeared in the "Technology" section of The American Experience Online.