Today is 1.6.16 also known as January 6, 2016. I am using the dots with the date as an ode to Morse code given today in 1838 the telegraph was demonstrated!
“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.” – Michelangelo
My blog post from last April 27, 2015 included the Morse Code Translator . That quote above by Michelangelo translates to: .-..-. – …. . .-. . / .. … / -. — / –. .-. . .- – . .-. / …. .- .-. — / – …. .- -. / – …. .- – / — ..-. / – .. — . / .– .- … – . -.. .-.-.- .-..-. / -….- / — .. -.-. …. . .-.. .- -. –. . .-.. —
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From my blog post back in April “… Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872), co-developer of the Morse code, born on April 27, 1791. His first message in 1844 was “What hath God wrought?” on the first telegraph line, running from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore.”
More about him and that demonstration from This Day In History:
“On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.”
And from my blog post from October 24, 2015 Back to today it included the 1944 3cent Telegraph Centenary stamp – “U.S. #924 was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first official telegraph. Its inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse, sent the transmission on May 24, 1844. That day, Morse sat in the Supreme Court chamber of the Capitol and tapped out the message, “What hath God wrought!” This phrase is included in the stamp design among the telegraph wires.”
One of the reasons I love Morse code and make the time to remember to celebrate these kind of historical milestones here on my blog is because of how much my Dad loved and embraced technology. He constantly encouraged me to have fun exploring new things. The old telegraph keys as children we had fun with in sending out messages to each other from between our two tree forts learning Morse code is among my cherished favorite memories.
Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today —
This Day In History January 06, 1838 excerpt Morse demonstrates telegraph