09/04/2005: The Day the Lights went ON....
"As darkness fell on this day in 1882, people in lower Manhattan stood in awe when four streets, including Wall Street, started to glow with the light from 400 bulbs.
This first public showing of electric lights was staged by Thomas Edison. Just three years before, he had demonstrated the first incandescent light bulb at his New Jersey laboratory. Even by 1940, about a quarter of U.S. homes still were not electrified.
Today, just about every house in the country has electric service; and with our increasing love of gadgets, annual home usage of electricity has increased by nearly 60 percent in 25 years. At the same time, our electric bills have increased close to 150 percent."
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Karen on 09.04.05 @ 07:34 AM CST