We all know there was a point in history when a certain thing started. There was the first time a dinosaur fossil was discovered. The first time someone mentioned the Earth was round. The first time a wheel was invented. However, sometimes history books aren’t very straightforward about these firsts. Sometimes, when it comes to historical firsts, the details are sketchy.
Discover below three historical firsts that you probably did not know about:
1. The first person to invent the lightbulb was not Thomas Edison
When we think of lightbulbs, we all say Thomas Edison was the first man to invent one. However, this is not an accurate historical first. The first person to invent the lightbulb was an English scientist called Humphry Davy. He came up with the idea of a lightbulb in 1800. Thomas Edison merely improved the idea and found the right filaments to make it burn longer.
2. The Soviet Union wasn’t the first country in space
When we think of conquering space, we all believe the first country to send a rocket in space was the Soviet Union. History books teach us that much. However, it wasn’t quite so. Though the soviets were the first ones to deliberately send a rocket in space, it was actually Nazi German that accidentally conquered space. On October 3, 1942, Germany launched a V-2 rocket that went right through the stratosphere and reached 150,000 feet before it pummeled back to Earth. The V-2 later became the model used for many modern day rockets.
3. Alexander Graham Bell Didn’t Invent the Telephone
Another first on our list of historical firsts is the inventing of the telephone. We can all say that we have heard at one point or another that it was Alexander Graham Bell who invented this device. But, was it so? It was in fact Elisha Grey who developed the very fist method for voice transmission. Moreover, the design of the first telephone actually belonged to an Italian inventor named Antonio Meucci.
Did you know these facts about the three historical firsts on our list?