Electric Events in History

2014 Event - Solar storms will reach Earth today and tomorrow, possibly disrupting electric grids and increasing radiation exposure to airline travelers

2014 Event - Tesla Motors announces that it will make hundreds of patents for its Model S electric cars open source; the company's founder, Elon Musk, seeks to encourage development of the electric car market

2014 Event - Elon Musk, head of Tesla Motors, Inc., announces that the company will begin selling its luxury electric cars in China this month

2014 Event - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves an electric nerve stimulating device for treatment of migraine headaches

2014 Event - Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra will begin selling the e2o, an electric car, in Bhutan for about $11,300; vehicle exhaust is causing air pollution problems in Bhutan that threaten the country's tourist-dependent economy

2014 Event - The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, now the world's largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert; the $2.2 billion plant, owned by Google, NRG Energy, and BrightSource energy, spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes

2013 Event - Scientists discover that bumblebees have the ability to sense electric fields around flowers, enabling them to identify specific flowers for pollination

2013 Event - Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , with cars charging in less than 30 minutes

2011 Event - The Tokyo Electric Power Company claims three Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors partially melted down during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

2011 Event - The Tokyo Electric Power Company together with the Government of Japan will not cap compensation payments resulting from the Fukushima I nuclear accidents

2011 Event - Each household within the exclusion zone of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant will receive 1 million yen from the Tokyo Electric Power Company

2010 Event - The Leaf, one of the first mass market electric cars is launched by Nissan

1987 Death - Jaco Pastorius, John Francis Anthony 'Jaco' Pastorius III, musician, electric bass player, jazz genre, style included intricate, higher register solos, voted 'Greatest Bass Player Who Has Ever Lived' by Bass Guitar magazine, dies at 35

1985 Event - General Electric acquires RCA Corp and its subsidiary, NBC

1977 Death - "Sleepy" John Estes, rocker (Electric), dies at 74

1972 Event - 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating

1971 Event - New York's Electric Circus Club goes out of business

1971 Event - Apollo 15 astronauts take 6 hour electric car ride on Moon

1967 Event - Murderer Richard Speck sentenced to death in electric chair

1965 Event - Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar

1964 Birthday - Doug Aldrich, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, guitarist, hard rock, plays electric guitar, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster, member of Whitesnake, founded Burning Rain

1958 Birthday - Lenny Von Dohlen, Augusta Georgia, actor, Love Kills, Electric Dreams

1957 Event - Electric train joining in Amsterdam-Brussels

1957 Event - 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse New York)

1957 Event - 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa

1956 Event - Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp

1955 Event - 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially

1953 Event - General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired

1953 Event - "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts

1951 Birthday - Jaco Pastorius, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, John Francis Anthony 'Jaco' Pastorius III, musician, electric bass player, jazz genre, style included intricate, higher register solos, voted 'Greatest Bass Player Who Has Ever Lived' by Bass Guitar magazine

1951 Death - Honeymoon Killers, dies in electric chair

1948 Birthday - Bud Cort, New Rochelle, New York, actor and director, Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H

1948 Birthday - Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer, Electric Avenue

1947 Birthday - Miroslav Vitous, born in Prague, Czech Republic, bassist, double bass, electric bass, jazz musician, compared to Dave Holland, Christian McBride

1946 Event - 1st electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50

1945 Birthday - Hattie Winston, born in Greenville, Mississippi, actress on Nurse, Electric Company

1944 Birthday - Bev Bevan, born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England, born Beverley Bevan, rocker musician, played drums, percussion, original member of ELO, founded Electric Light Orchestra Part II, toured as a drummer for band Black Sabbath

1944 Event - 1st mobile electric power plant delivered, Philadelphia

1941 Birthday - David LaFlamme, born in Utah, electric violinist, It's a Beautiful Day

1937 Event - 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (New York City)

1937 Birthday - Roger Penske, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, owner, Penske Racing, auto racing team, the Penske Corporation, corporate director, General Electric

1936 Birthday - Doug Kershaw, Louisiana, plays electric fiddle

1935 Birthday - John Saxon, born in Brooklyn, actor, Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman

1935 Event - 1st U.S. streamlined electric RR engine begins service

1935 Event - Pennsylvania Rail Road begins passenger service on new electric locomotive

1934 Event - Electric Home and Farm Authority incorporated

1933 Event - Electric Home and Farm Authority Inc, authorized

1931 Event - 1st electric shavers go on sale in U.S. from Schick

1929 Event - 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center, electric light

1929 Event - Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, New York City

1928 Event - Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor

1928 Event - General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, New York)

1928 Death - Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair

1927 Birthday - John Buller, born in England, composer, known for Proenca, written for electric guitar, mezzo-soprano and orchestra, one of his sons is Ed Buller, a record producer

1924 Event - 1st U.S. diesel electric locomotive enters service, Bronx, New York

1923 Event - Col Jacob Schick patents 1st electric shaver

1922 Event - 1st electric power line commercial carrier in U.S., Utica, New York

1914 Death - George Westinghouse, U.S. engineer (Westinghouse Electric), dies at 67

1912 Event - Electric starter 1st appeared in cars

1910 Event - 1st commercially successful electric bus line opens (Hollywood)

1910 Event - Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine

1908 Event - 1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague)

1908 Event - New York Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at MSG

1905 Event - Electric tramline opens in Rotterdam

1904 Event - 1st main line electric train in U.K. (Liverpool to Southport)

1903 Event - Electric lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago; 602 die

1903 Death - William Ennis, 1st cop to die in electric chair

1903 Event - Clyde Coleman of New York City patents automobile electric starter

1900 Event - 1st electric tram in Netherland (Leidseplein-Brouwersgracht)

1900 Event - An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hours

1897 Event - 1st electric taxi's drive in London

1897 Event - W B Purvis patents electric railway switch

1896 Event - Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain

1896 Event - W. S. Hadaway patents electric stove

1895 Event - Electric central at Niagara Falls gives 1st steam

1895 Event - Anaheim completes it's new electric light system

1893 Event - 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges

1893 Event - Bronx Gas and Electric Company opens on Frisby and Tremont Ave

1892 Event - U.S. Patent Office says J. W. Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp

1892 Event - General Electric Company, forms and is incorporated in New York

1891 Event - Granville T. Woods patents electric railway

1891 Event - Electric self-starter for automobile patented

1890 Death - John Hart or William Kemmler, U.S., 1st executed in electric chair (NY)

1888 Event - Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile

1887 Event - Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity

1886 Event - 1st commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo

1885 Event - Leo Daft opens America's 1st coml operated electric streetcar (Balt)

1883 Event - Amsterdam's Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights

1883 Event - 1st commercial electric railway line begins operation in Chicago

1882 Event - Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, New York City

1881 Event - Lewis Latimer invents and patents electric lamp with a carbon filament

1880 Birthday - Joshua L Cowen, inventor, electric train

1880 Event - 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, Indiana)

1880 Event - Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

1879 Event - Thomas Edison demonstrates electric light

1879 Event - 1st electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition

1879 Event - 1st electric arc light used in the California Theater

1878 Event - 1st U.S. store to install electric lights, Philadelphia

1878 Event - Edison Electric Light Company incorporated

1876 Event - 1st public exhibition of electric light in San Francisco

1875 Event - Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green

1872 Birthday - Henry Warren, born in Boston, Massachusetts, inventor, Telechon electric clock

1872 Death - Samuel F B Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

1872 Event - Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin

1868 Event - Thomas Edison patents his 1st invention: electric voice machine

1860 Birthday - Herman Hollerith, inventor, 1st electric tabulating machine

1859 Event - George Simpson patents electric range

1858 Event - Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)

1857 Event - William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm

1853 Event - 1st electric telegraph used (Merchant's Exchange to Pt Lobos)

1837 Event - 1st U.S. electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport

1831 Event - Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer

1826 Birthday - Zenobe Theophile Gramme, inventor, electric motor

1802 Birthday - Thomas Davenport, invented 1st coml electric motor

1791 Birthday - Michael Faraday, discovered principle of electric motor

1785 Birthday - Sibrand Acker Stratingh, Dutch physician and chemist, electric car 1835