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Radio Marks Notable Centennial

Radio Marks Notable Centennial

Radio was not “born” on any single day. A great number of inventions and firsts paved the road. But one of the most notable landmarks was when Guglielmo Marconi sent a wireless two-way message across the Atlantic Ocean, from Cape Cod to Cornwall in England on Jan. 18, 1903.
The Morse Code exchange between U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt and Britain’s King Edward VII helped open an era of wireless communications. Marconi eventually would win a Nobel Prize in physics.
Radio enthusiasts and historians noted the centennial with ceremonies and ham messages. According to the Associated Press, Marconi’s daughter marked the anniversary Saturday by greeting space shuttle astronauts with a message from Cape Cod. A worldwide transmission of a message from President Bush also was part of the commemoration.