No single individual is credited with inventing the modern battle tank. Leonardo Di Vinci and H.G. Wells are both considered to have envisioned the armored fighting vehicle, but neither constructed such a device. The first tanks were born from simultaneous international military evolutions.
In 1915, England was the first country to successfully build a tracked, armored and armed vehicle. A committee was formed by British military authorities to create a land-based equivalent of the naval battleship. The design began with a civilian tractor to which armor and weapons were added. The early prototypes gave way to the first fielded tank, the Mark I.Learn More
Although the exact inventor of the pencil is unknown, Conrad Gesner is often credited with the invention. In 1565, Gesner was the first to document the use of graphite placed in a wooden shaft, which was the predecessor to modern pencils.Full Answer >
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, are credited with making the first powered, controlled flight in an airplane on Dec. 17, 1903. After developing a working glider, they added a 12-horsepower engine to the design to drive a pair of rear-mounted propellers.Full Answer >
Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the phonograph, completing his first model on August 12, 1877. Edison's creation was inspired by his work on improvements to the telephone and telegraph.Full Answer >
No single person is credited with the invention of the toothpick. Grooves on the teeth of Neanderthal and Homo sapiens skulls suggest that they used a tool to remove materials from their teeth. Charles Forster was the first to mass produce toothpicks for the American market in the mid-19th century.Full Answer >