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December 12 1901 Marconi sent first trans-Atlantic radio broadcast


On December 12th 1901, Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was successful in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, refuting detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message, simply the Morse-code signal for the letter “s”, travelled more than … Continue reading

December 5 1945: Flight 19 disappears over Bermuda Triangle


On December 5th 1945, at about 2:00 pm, Flight 19, comprising five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers, left the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. They never returned. Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than … Continue reading

September 27 1854 Ships collide off Newfoundland


On September 27th 1854, sudden and heavy fog caused two ships to collide, killing 322 people off the coast of Newfoundland The Arctic was a luxury ship, built in 1850 to carry passengers across the Atlantic Ocean. It had a wooden hull and could reach speeds of up to 13 knots per hour, an impressive … Continue reading

June 17 1579 Drake claims California for England


On June 17th 1579, during his circumnavigation of the world, English seaman Francis Drake anchored in a harbour just north of present-day San Francisco, California, and claimed the territory for Queen Elizabeth I. Calling the land “Nova Albion,” Drake remained on the California coast for a month to make repairs to his ship, the Golden … Continue reading

May 21 1932 Amelia Earhart completes transatlantic flight


On May 21st 1932, five years to the day that American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to accomplish a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, female aviator Amelia Earhart became the first pilot to repeat the feat, landing her plane in Ireland after flying across the North Atlantic. Earhart travelled over 2,000 … Continue reading

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