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Itty-Bitty Morsel: History of the Traffic Light

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Today we launch a new category called “Itty-Bitty” morsel of little known History 🙂 Here you will find a bite size little known history fact. We hope you enjoy this!

 

First Traffic Light

The world’s first traffic light was invented way before the automobile by almost 20 years. 

Electric Traffic Lights

Electric Traffic Lights

 

It wasn’t electric, it was a complex gas lamp, which was manually operated. It was first used in London in 1868 to control carriage traffic.

 

Sadly, just a month after being installed it exploded, as a result of a leak in one of the gas lines underneath the ground, seriously wounding the police officer who was operating it. The safety of these lamps was questionable and so the concept was abandoned until the invention of the electric signal in 1912 by an American named Lester Wire.

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