History & Culture: Ancient World, Photos, Maps, More (National Geographic)
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Even after receiving a patent for his audio recording device in 1877, Thomas Edison didn't believe it would have much commercial value. But his phonograph became the foundation of the recording industry, which accounted for over $30 billion U.S. dollars in worldwide sales in 2004 and has helped to shape popular culture around the world for more than a century.
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National Geographic and Windows XP present the following video profiles of people and societies who "started something" that had a significant impact on the development of modern civilization.
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The Ancient Chinese
Photo: Thomas Edison Start Recording
Thomas Edison
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Photo: Alexander Graham Bell Start Calling
Alexander Graham Bell
Photo: Marie Curie Start Researching
Marie Curie
Photo: The Wright Brothers Start Flying
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