Morse Code Day is celebrated on April 27 of every year. It is a way to transmit text through a series of signals. Each character or alphabet in a language is represented by a sequence of dots and dashes that can be directly recognized by a skilled listener or spectator without specialized equipment. It is called Samuel F. B. Morse was an inventor of the telegraph. It has been in practice for nearly 160 years—longer than any other electrical coding system. The language has found its way into Aviation, and Amateur Radio, and can even be transmitted by flashing lights. Additional significant use of this communication is to help those with disabilities be able to interact through simple tapping, or even through a skin buzzer.
“Morse conquered his electrical difficulties although he was only a painter, and I don’t intend to give in either till all is completed.” – Alexander Graham Bell
History of Morse Code Day
Morse Code Day is to commemorate the birthday of Samuel Morse, co-developer of Morse code. He was an American painter and contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He invented the telegraph as a means of rapid long-distance communication as he was unable to see his dead wife due to the slow connection. In a letter to a friend, Morse explains how vigorously he fought to be called the sole creator of the electromagnetic telegraph despite the previous inventions.
On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first-ever morse code message to Alfred Vail. The world’s popular message was “What hath God wrought!” which was suggested by Annie Ellsworth. The phrase is taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23.
Other Celebrations on April 27
April 27 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate the Day
It can be best observed by learning the Morse code. It is the way to learn fun & new language and use it with one’s friends. On this day one can read about the history of the code and its inventor. You can also spend some time learning more about the role code has played in society. Post pictures and share your Morse Code Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #MorseCodeDay.
Important Morse Codes
SOS – Three short taps followed by three long taps, and then three short taps again.
Help – You can use the SOS code or four short taps, one short tap, one short tap one long tap & two short taps, and one short tap two long taps and a short tap.
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