January 6, 2012 - Communications Inventions Day

First patent for a typewriter (on this date in 1714)

An Englishman named Henry Mill submitted a vague description of "an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another." But there is no evidence that he had a working model of a typewriter, nor that he further developed his idea.

First public demonstration of the telegraph (on this date in 1838)

American painter Samuel Morse was heartbroken when his wife got ill and died while he was far away painting someone's portrait. He realized that he could at least have seen her and said goodbye if only there were a rapid form of long-distance communication – and he stopped painting in order to invent a device to do just that.

First telephone call from a submerged submarine (on this date in 1898)

When I think “submarine,” I think “ocean,” but this first phone call from a sub came from a guy named “Lake” (Simon Lake, to be exact) from the bottom of a river!

  • Ramp up your typing skills with a free online typing course such as this one or this other one
  • Have you ever wanted to learn Morse Code? There's a website for that! 
  • Do you know how submarines submerge or rise? Find out in this very short video

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