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First traffic lights in world

Concept  From 9/12/1868  To 2/1/1869

Categories: Science, Engineering

Less than a month after the lights were installed the lamp blew up, seriously injuring the policeman who was operating it. See the IET and the Victorianist for two different takes on the story.

2017: Londonist describes how these rather odd lights worked, or not.

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First traffic lights in world

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Peake Knight, 1st traffic lights

City of Westminster John Peake Knight, 1828 - 86, inventor of the world's fi...

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