History Blog

October 21

Happy Birthday RIP John “Dizzy” Gillespie(1917–1993) ; Joyce Randolph(Sirola)–90 Manfred Mann(Lubowitz)–74 Judith “Judy” Sheindlin(Blum)–72 Carrie Fisher–58 Kensaku Watanabe–55 Sasha Roiz–43 Jade Jagger–43 Jeremy Miller–38 William Estes Nipper–36 Aaron Tveit–31 ; 1879 – Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. which was tested the next day and lasted 13.5 hours. This would be the start of the invention of the first commercially practical incandescent light. Popular belief is that he invented the light bulb, which he did not.