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November 21

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Invention of the Phonograph

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman whose inventions changed the world. On November 21,1877, Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a hand-cranked, tinfoil covered cylinder that could reproduce recorded sound.  It marked the first time in history that a person's voice could be recorded and saved.


His first recording was "Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow." 

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