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1565 - The pencil is invented (Conrad Gesner, Switzerland)

"In 1565 the German-Swiss naturalist Conrad Gesner first described a writing instrument in which graphite, then thought to be a type of lead, was inserted into a wooden holder."

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1591 - The flush toilet is invented (Sir John Harington, England)

Harington devised England's first flushing toilet - called the Ajax. It was installed at his manor in Kelston...

The forerunner to the modern flush toilet had a flush valve to let water out of... Read MORE...

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1592 - The thermometer is invented (Galileo, Italy)

"The first thermometer was constructed by Galileo. It consisted of a small glass globe fitted with a long tube. The open end of the tube was inserted in water, and the globe was heated until some of... Read MORE...

Principles of Physics:Designed for Use as a Textbook of General Physics, William Francis Magie, 1911 -

1609 - Galileo's telescope (Galileo, Italy)

"Galileo made his first telescope in 1609, modeled after telescopes produced in other parts of Europe that could magnify objects three times. He created a telescope later that same year that could... Read MORE...

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