Copper was used by ancient cultures, and there is no known person responsible for its discovery. However, estimates place its discovery at about 9,000 BC in the Middle East, according to ProQuest. Functional copper tubing has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs.
At one time, copper was very abundant. Its red color made it easy to identify. Copper is very malleable. By mixing it with other metals, one can create a hard alloy to make tools and other objects. The first alloy produced was bronze, which is made by mixing copper and tin. Bronze was so important in making tools that the Bronze Age, ranging from 4,000 to 3,000 BC was named for it.Learn More
Wristwatches were first officially invented in 1868 when a watch was created for the Countess of Hungary. Prior to the first official wristwatch, pocket watches were adapted to be worn on the wrist as early as 1570.Full Answer >
The original inventor of the mechanical pencil is up for debate. There are documented references to a lead-holding pencil as early as 1565, and the earliest known version of what is now considered the modern mechanical pencil was found in 1791. There are also many patents for different versions.Full Answer >
Marin le Bourgeois developed the first flintlock gun, which is the predecessor to the rifle. Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland is known for inventing the first breech-loading rifle, which was used by the British Army in the American Revolutionary War in 1777.Full Answer >
The art of wearing makeup was invented approximately 12,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians. In the Egyptian culture, it was customary to adorn the body with a variety of scents and colors. Ancient Egyptian makeup was generally made from common plants and other ingredients.Full Answer >