Wired News: Jan. 19, 1883: Let There Be Light
1883: Roselle, New Jersey, earns its place in tech history when the first electric lighting system employing overhead wires goes into service.
The system was built by Thomas Edison as part of an experiment to prove that an entire community could be lit by electricity. Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time, was known as "the Wizard of Menlo Park." That predates, apparently, the age of visionaries, geniuses and gurus. (more)