Top 11 Photos That Were Historical Firsts

via the Franklin Institute

7. First Photograph of Lightning

Before the development of photography, all the natural phenomena were just being described or painted. Many people believed that during a storm, a lightning is an occurrence, in a zig-zag shape. During the 1880s, photographer William Jennings wanted to prove people wrong.

After several failed attempts, he finally succeeded in capturing the first photograph of lightning, during a storm in September 1882. The pictures became famous in 1885, after they were published in the Scientific American magazine.

Moreover, after this success, the photographer tried to prove that no two lightnings are the same.

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