Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Morse - inventor of the first digital mode!!
Samuel Finley Breese Morse
(April 27, 1791 � April 2, 1872)
Morse code has been in use for more than 160 years � longer than any other electronic encoding system. What is called Morse code today is actually somewhat different from what was originally developed by Vail and Morse. The Modern International Morse code, or continental code
, was created by Friedrich Clemens Gerke in 1848 and initially used for telegraphy between Hamburg and Cuxhaven in Germany. After some minor changes, in 1865 it was standardised at the International Telegraphy congress in Paris (1865), and later made the norm by the International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) as International Morse code. Morse's original code specification, largely limited to use in the United States, became known as American Morse code
or "railroad code." American Morse is now very rarely used except in historical re-enactments.
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