Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb in 1879. Following his invention, New York had been powered completely by power plants within the decade, mass use of electricity was born.
The first rail line had been built between Manchester and Liverpool in 1830, Railroads continued to drastically improve trade, tourism and migration.
In 1858, a message had been sent from Newfoundland (now Canada), to Ireland on a transatlantic telegraph cable. This marked a historic achievement which had resulted cross-continent communication within just a couple of minutes.