History Blog

May 24

Happy Birthday RIP Queen Victoria(Alexandrina Hanover 1819–1901) ; “Bob Dylan”(Robert Zimmerman)–80 Gary Burghoff–78 Patricia “Patti” LaBelle (Holte-Edwards)–77 Priscilla Wagner-Presley–76 James “Jim” Broadbent–72 Alfred Molina–68 Kristin Scott Thomas–61 John C. Reilly–56 Eric Close–54 ; 1844 – Sam Morse sends the words, “What hath God wrought,” from the Supreme Court chamber in the basement of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to the B&O’s Mount Clare Station in Baltimore in first test of Morse code. Annie Ellsworth chose these words from the Bible(Numbers 23:23). The telegraph machine could transmit thirty characters per minute ; 1883 – the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction