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First Transatlantic Radio Message St. John’s, Newfoundland

December 12, 2011 by staff 

First Transatlantic Radio Message St. John’s, Newfoundland, In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless signal at St. John’s, Nfld. The inventor of wireless telegraphy flew a box kite trailing 121 metres of copper wire to a telephone to pick up faint clicking sounds transmitted from 3,200 kilometres across the ocean at the Podhu wireless station in Cornwall, England. Today, the hill on which he stood is called Signal Hill.

Also on this date: In 1783, New Brunswick’s first newspaper, the “Royal Saint John Gazette and Nova Scotian Intelligencer,” was published.

In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second U.S. state.

In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1894, Canada’s fourth prime minister, Sir John Thompson, died in England of a heart attack at 49. He had just been made a member of the Imperial Privy Council by Queen Victoria. Thompson, a former Nova Scotia premier, was prime minister for only two years.

In 1897, “The Katzenjammer Kids,” the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.

In 1899, a patent for the golf tee was granted to George Grant.

In 1925, the first motel — the Motel Inn — opened in San Luis Obispo, California.

In 1936, Bishop Clemens Count von Galen of Munster gave a blistering sermon condemning the Nazi extermination of handicapped adults for being “unfit.” He called the Nazis “ungodly” and distanced the Christian community from them. The sermon was later credited to be a catalyst for an underground resistance movement.

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