The Greeks first discovered static electricity by rubbing fur on amber.
Benjamin Franklin first shocked himself in 1746, while conducting experiments on electricity with found objects from around his house.
In 1752 Ben franklin flew a kite attached to a key attached to a silk ribbon in a thunder storm and effectively trapped lightning in a jar.
In 1791 Luigi Galvani published his discovery of bioelectromagnetics, , demonstrating that electricity was the medium by which neurons passed signals to the muscles.
In 1887, Heinrich Hertz discovered that electrodes illuminated with ultraviolet light create electric sparks more easily.
In 1905 Albert Einstein published a paper that explained experimental data from the photoelectric effect as being the result of light energy being carried in discrete quantized packets, energising electrons.