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Christmas Eve 1906 – The World’s First Radio Broadcast

Christmas Eve 1906 – The World’s First Radio Broadcast

Penny Postcard of Reginald Fessenden’s Brant Rock, Massachusetts radio tower It was on Christmas Evening in 1906, when Reginald Fessenden broadcasted the very first radio program in the United States including a speech by Fessenden, music from the phonograph, a violin solo, and a short reading of the bible heard on the US-Atlantic-Coasters. Reginald Fessenden was educated at the Trinity College in Ontario followed by the Bishop’s College School in…
Merry Christmas or  How the SMS was born

Merry Christmas or How the SMS was born

Short Messaging Service (SMS) is the most popularnetwork application. On December 3, 1992, the world’s first SMS (Short Messaging Service) message was sent from Neil Papworth of Sema Group over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom. The text of the very first SMS message was simply “Merry Christmas.” For more than 20 years now we are using this messaging service. Annoyed by the tiny keyboard and by the…
The Birth of the Internet

The Birth of the Internet

On October 29, 1969, the very first message between two distant computer nodes, from the Network Measurement Center at the UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and SRI International (SRI) was sent. This is to be considered the birth of the ARPANET, which should become the Internet. What was the reason for the development of the Internet? Especially in the 1960s, when computers were absolutely not widespread or ubiquitous…
The Rarest in the World – The Blue Mauritius

The Rarest in the World – The Blue Mauritius

Red and Blue Mauritius on famous Bordeaux Letter On September 21, 1847, the famous Mauritius “Post Office” stamps were issued by the British Colony Mauritius. They are among the rarest postage stamps in the world and a letter with both stamps on its cover is estimated to be worth more than 4 Million US$. In 1772, the very first postal service opened up at Mauritius. In Great Britain and Ireland,…
The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

On September 16, 1835, the New York Sun concedes that her serial article about the sensational discoveries of astronomer Sir John Herschel about the Moon was only a hoax to increase their circulation. In the history of newspaper this scandal is referred to as ‘The Great Moon Hoax of 1835‘. The six articles, starting on August 25, 1835 consisted of stories about fantastic creatures living on the moon. They were…
Stanislaw Lem and Mankind’s Place in the Universe

Stanislaw Lem and Mankind’s Place in the Universe

Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006)photo: Wojciech Zemek On September 12, 1921, Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire Stanislaw Lem was born. He is considered to be one of the most widely read science fiction writer in the world with his books translated into 41 languages and have sold over 27 million copies. His best known novel Solaris, about the ultimate inadequacy of communication between human and non-human species, published in 1961,…
Jon Postel – Editor in Chief of the Internet

Jon Postel – Editor in Chief of the Internet

Jon Postel (1943-1998)Photo by Irene Fertik, USC News Service. Copyright 1994, USC. On August 6, 1943, American Computer Scientist and Internet pioneer Jonathan Postel was born. He is known principally for being the Editor of the Request for Comment (RFC) document series, and for administering the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) until his death in 1998. If you are familiar with the internet, sooner or later you will have to…
Timing is Everything – Elisha Gray and the Telephone Patent

Timing is Everything – Elisha Gray and the Telephone Patent

Elisha Gray (1835-1901) On August 2, 1835, American electrical engineer Elisha Gray was born. Gray is best known for his development of a telephone prototype in 1876 and is considered by some to be the true inventor of the variable resistance telephone, despite losing out to Alexander Graham Bell for the telephone patent. But besides the telephone, Gray was a successful and prolific inventor. He is also considered to be…
The Medium is the Message – Marshal McLuhan

The Medium is the Message – Marshal McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan, holding a Mirror On July 21, 1911, Canadian philosopher of communication theory Herbert Marshal McLuhan was born. His groundbreaking work is considered to be the cornerstone of media and communication theory. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions the medium is the message and the global village, and for predicting the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. “In television, images are projected at you.…
The RMS Britannia and the Transatlantic Postal Service

The RMS Britannia and the Transatlantic Postal Service

The seamship RMS Britannia On July 4, 1840, the RMS Britannia started her maiden voyage to Halifax, Nova Scotia from Liverpool, England. With the ocean liner of the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, later known as Cunard Steamship Company, the first regularly operating transatlantic postal service between Europe and America was established. Today, oversea’s communication is no problem at all. No matter via phone, skype, or…
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