1847 : Thomas Edison Born, the Wizard of Menlo Park

February 11, 2023 all-day

Thomas Edison as a boy

On February 11, 1847, inventor Thomas Edison was born in Ohio, before his family moved to Port Huron when Edison was seven.

He was home schooled by his mother.

Edison sold fruits and vegetables on the street and signed on as a train runner before he was fired for accidentally starting a fire with his lab equipment.

Edison developed hearing problems at an early age. The cause of his deafness has been attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during childhood and recurring untreated middle-ear infections. Around the middle of his career, Edison attributed the hearing impairment to having his bossĀ  box his ears when his chemical laboratory in a boxcar caught fire before abandoning him in Mt. Clemens. In his later years, he modified the story to say the injury occurred when the conductor, in helping him onto a moving train, lifted him by the ears.

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Michigan Every Day

Thomas Edision wikipedia entry