FIRSTS - APRIL
you look carefully, you can see a zillion antennae on Liberty One.
am in the process of compiling a list of the first messages or signals
transmitted over the various forms of telecomm links known to us today. Here
is what I have thus far.
First Wire-line Telegraph - "What
hath god wrought!"
May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse sent those words from The Bible, Numbers
23:23, from Washington D.C to Baltimore.
First Wire-line Telephone - "Mr.
Watson, come here; I want you."
10th March, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell spoke those words to summon his
First Wireless Telegraph - "S"
Marconi received three dots, "...", Morse for "S", on
December 12th, 1901. This was the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission. I
am not sure what was the first ever "regular" radio transmission
that Marconi made. But I am pretty sure it was made sometime in 1895.
First Radio Voice Transmission - "one - two - three - four, is
it snowing where you are Mr. Thiessen? If it is, would you telegraph back to
Aubrey Fessenden spoke those words on December 23rd, 1900, from a site on
Cobb Island in the middle of the Potamac River near Washington.
First TV Transmission - John
in 1924, managed to transmit a silhouette of a Maltese cross two or three
yards to a receiver.
First Satellite Broadcast - I am almost sure, that the second
transmission over a Satellite link was President Eisenhower's photograph, on
19th August, 1960. This signal was bounced off the first ever communications
satellite, ECHO-1. This was of course a passive satellite. I am yet to find
out about the first satellite transmission.
First E-mail Message - "QWERTYIOP"
Tomlinson, in late 1971, sent "QWERTYIOP", to himself.
First Cell Phone Call - The first ever cellular call was made by Dr.
Martin Cooper of Motorola to Joel Engel, then Head of Research, Bell Labs,
in April 1973. I have also heard from other sources that the first cellular
call was actually made machine-to-machine!
list may not be very accurate. I collected all this information from various
websites, not all of them were authorities in this field. If you have any
corrections, suggestions or comments ... go right ahead!
has added me to her "Group". She is also the one who posted the
first message on Shyamal.com. Thanks.