The Industrial Revolution
1776 Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is published.
1781 Watts’s first rotating steam engine is invented; the world’s first iron bridge is built at Coalbrookdale, England.
1805 The Grand Junction Canal, between Birmingham and London, is completed.
1825 The world’s first commercial steam-powered railway, linking Stockton and Darlington, opens.
1855 The Bessemer furnace is introduced.
1869 The first transcontinental railroad is completed in the US.
1885 The first practical petrol-driven internal-combustion engine is installed in a motor vehicle, in Germany.
On September 15, 1830, the world’s first commercial ...