German Scientist Discovers X-rays!

November 8, 1895

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The X-ray!

German scientist Wilhelm Rontgen was working in his lab in Wurzburg, Germany testing to see if cathode rays of a light bulb could pass through glass. As he tested this, he immediately saw a glow coming from a chemical covered screen. Rontgen changed the light bulb, so that there would be a higher voltage. When he increased the voltage of the light bulb, the rays passed through a piece of paper. He realized that the light was capable of passing through almost all the objects in his lab. Rontgen continued testing, and realized the rays would pass through the tissues of the human body. After putting a metal ring that his wife was wearing in front of the rays of the bulb, and the chemical screen he saw that the rays would not pass through bones or metal.

A Public Showing of a Four Minute Film In New York, New York!

Woodville Latham and his sons filmed a wrestling match that took place on the top of Madison Square Garden . The actors in the film were known as "Young Griffo" and "Battling Barnett". What was so major about this showing was the use of the Elidolscope. The Elidolscope was used to project the movie in a life size format so that on lookers could see the fight better.

Shredded Wheat is Patented!

Henry D. Perky received a U.S. patent for shredded wheat in 1895. Henry D. Perky's invention could shred whole wheat much quicker and easier than in the past. Whole wheat is boiled, dried, pressed, and then laid in thin layers to be baked. After it is baked it can be shredded. Henry D. Perky's invention made it possible for shredded wheat to be sold in bulk.

Improvements Made in Automobiles

George Selden, an attorney in Rochester, New York received a U.S. Patent in 1895 for improving the "road engine". The design is very simple. It is all based around a two-cylinder engine that Selden didn't even build. Selden just copied one he had seen on display. Selden took the model that he copied, and made adjustments to make it run better. Selden is looked at as the creator of the car, even though he never built a single one. He just helped to create and adjust the engine.