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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, August 5, 2016


Today's History Lesson...controlling the traffic

Imagine the highways and byways without traffic signals, especially in the 21st century when the automobile is commonplace and traffic in some places horrendous. Such was not the case in the beginning but it did not take long for the need to be recognized. 

This Day in History: August 5, 1914 

The need for direction when to stop and go was realized early in the 20th century. As the availability and necessity of the automobile grew, navigating America's roads became a chaotic experience. One must keep in mind during this era, pedestrians, bicycles, horses and streetcars all competed with motor vehicles for right of way. Some relief was realized with the gradual disappearance of the horse-drawn carriages but problems still existed.

In Cleveland, Ohio,
the first electric traffic light is installed
On August 5, 1914, the American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Although this was not the first traffic controlling device, it is widely regarded as the first electric traffic signal. Some earlier versions experienced a brief operational life or were simply not practical.

The first traffic signal did not contain the caution light. It had two colors, red and green, and a buzzer, based on the design of James Hoge, to provide a warning for color changes. The design by Hoge allowed police and fire stations to control the signals in case of emergency

Traffic signals today are far more sophisticated due to technological advancement yet serve the same purpose as they did 100 years ago. 
The city of Los Angeles, California, has synchronized all of its nearly 4,500 traffic signals, which are spread out across some 469 square miles (1,215 sq km). According to The New York Times, Los Angeles is “the first major metropolis in the world to do so.” Source: Watching the World

How many traffic lights are in the world?

With obsolete ones being removed, new ones set in place as replacements or in new locations, perhaps that number is ever changing. Maybe a way to find out its to call all the factories that manufacture traffic lights and see the sales reports of each country since 1912 when the first traffic light was created by a police man. Interested? Go for it!