Profession: Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Why Famous: Best known for developing the first commercially successful steamboat and designed the first practical submarine in history called Nautilus.
- 1803-08-09 Robert Fulton tests his steam paddle-boat on the River Seine, France, but it sinks
- 1807-08-17 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins first trip up Hudson River
- 1807-09-04 Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat
- 1809-02-11 Robert Fulton patents steamboat