Sunday, December 12, 2010


December 12, 1963

Today a vinyl, "LP" recording, "John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album" set a record for album sales. Four million copies sold in less than one week.  

The record includes some of JFK's best speeches & tributes to his memory.  Each copy sold for 99 cents & proceeds went to the Joseph Kennedy, Jr. Foundation for Mental Retardation.

December 12, 1901

 Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi announced today that he has sent the first "wireless" transmission from Cornwall to Newfoundland, a distance of 2200 miles. 

 The transmission was the single Morse Code letter "S".  

The announcement has been questioned because apparently there is no independent confirmation of the transmission.*

*Marconi is widely considered to be the inventor of the "radio".  Ironically, he said: "Have I done the world good, or have I added a menace."