November 9, 1905. F.M. Light & Sons opened its doors for business, with a foot of snow surrounding and a frigid temperature. What began on that bitter day in November proved to be a 104 year legacy that the intrepid Francis Marion Light left to his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; six generations. In history, the year 1905 brought many great changes to the world.January 1 – The Trans-Siberian Railway officially opens after its completion on July 21,1904.
January 5 – The play The Scarlet Pimpernel opens at the New Theatre in London and begins a run of 122 performances and numerous revivals.
March 4 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt begins a full term.
April 2 – The Simplon Tunnel is officially opened through the Alps.
May 15 – Las Vegas, Nevada is founded when 110 acres (0.4 km²), in what later becomes
June 30 – Albert Einstein publishes the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies where he reveals his theory of special relativity. 1905 is regarded as his “miracle year”.
October 5 – The Wright Brothers’ third aeroplane (Wright Flyer III) stays in the air for 39 minutes with Wilbur piloting. This is the first aeroplane flight lasting over 1/2 an hour.
November 9 – The Berlin Wall is opened in 1989 – citizens on both sides walked freely through the barrier as others danced atop the structure, signaling the end of a historic era.
Did you know that the tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower? Or that only 8 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub? Check below for other interesting statistics and see how much the world has changed in only 104 years.
- The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years
- There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.
- A three – minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
- The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.
- There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
- Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn’t been invented.There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
- The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30.