Joseph Swan in his Laboratory | Sir Joseph Wilson Swan was a British Physicist, Chemist and Inventor. Swan lived at Underhill, on Kells Lane North in Low Fell, Gateshead. It was here that he conducted most of his experiments in the large conservatory. It was Swan's demonstration of the light bulb at a lecture in Newcastle upon Tyne on 18 December 1878, before its later development by the American Thomas Edison.
Joseph Wilson Swan, D.Sc.h.c., FRS (31 October 1828 – 27 May 1914) was a British physicist and chemist. He is most famous for inventing the first incandescent light bulb. Swan first demonstrated the light bulb at a lecture in Newcastle upon Tyne on 18 December 1878
Young Thomas Edison
Sir Joseph Wilson Swan - Records show that Swan's British patent for his invention of the light bulb pre-dated Edison's. Edison tried to sue Swan, he lost, but then ultimately went into partnership with him. Whilst a talented and prolific inventor, Thomas Edison's great talent lay in registering and scooping up patents. Fans of Tesla (Serbian), who worked for Edison for a period, will for instance point out that it is Tesla's AC electrical system that is used throughout the world today.
January 16, 1901: Born, Frank Zamboni. Frank and his brother Lawrence owned and operated a block ice business, but with the advent of the electric refrigerator, they knew their days were numbered. They opened an ice rink instead, which led to Frank's invention of a machine for resurfacing the ice. "It took him nine years," his son said. "One of the reasons he stuck with it was because everyone told him he was crazy."
British Actor-manager Sir John Martin Harvey (1863-1944) was one of the last great romantic actors of the English theatre. His most famous play was The Only Way (1899), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. 25 years later, he also featured in the film version, as well as in a few other silent and sound films.