Today In History- August 16

Today In History- August 16


U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable.

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President Buchanan commemorates transatlantic telegraphy.

  • Washington D.C., USA

A new advance in communication technology, on August 16, 1858, President James Buchanan oversees the installation of the first transatlantic telegraph cable.  The event marked the first communication between the United States and the United Kingdom, with Queen Victoria congratulating President Buchanan and hoping that it would maintain the friendship of the two nations formed from common interests.  The cable itself stretched from Newfoundland to Ireland, cutting the time of message transmission from days by boat, to minutes by telegraph.  It was a remarkable step in bridging the United States and Europe.

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