On August 31, 1897, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the Kinetograph to the Edison Manufacturing Company, home of prolific inventor Thomas Edison. The Kinetograph was the earliest reliable motion-picture camera.

The first clip filmed by the Kinetograph was "Fred Ott's Sneeze." It was five seconds long, and the title explains it all.

inventor
Noun

person who creates a new idea, machine, product, device, or process.

patent
Noun

legal right to make or sell an invention.

reliable
Adjective

dependable or consistent.

Thomas Edison
Noun

(1847-1931) American inventor and businessman, best known for inventing the electric lamp.