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The Electric and Magnetic Time Line

1050 BC, first mentions of loadstones in China

80 AD, magnetism used for divining futures

270 AD, first magnetic compasses built in China

1110 AD, First use of magnetic compasses at sea in China

1269 AD, Petrus Peregrinus write the first known account of the forces between the poles of a magnetic and of a compass dial.

1576 AD, Robert Norman discovers that compass needles have a dip indicating the magnetic field of the earth dips.

1775 AD, John Lorimer invents the dipping needle compass.

1672 AD, Von Guericke develops the way to charge sulfur with static electricity. This was the first experiments where a massive electrical charge was gather in one place.

1704 AD, Newton describes light as particles that cause vibrations in the aether