French inventor, Joseph Niepce successfully gets a permanent image. The image is very poor quality and requires days of light exposure. He associates with Daguerre and both developed a few minute light exposure with outstanding image quality. Photography was born.
Claude Chappe (1763 – 1805) was a French inventor who in 1792 demonstrated a practical semaphore system that eventually spanned all of France. This was the first practical telecommunications system of the industrial age, making Chappe the first telecom mogul with his "mechanical internet."