Monday, March 5, 2012

5 March 1904: Late Notice of First Marconigram to Athens

On this day in 1904, the Athens Banner announced that unbeknownst to anyone, the first wireless Marconigram was sent to Athens several days earlier by Miss Mildred Rutherford, who did not want her relatives to worry that her ship was running late. 

Alas, the headline was misplaced, so while the story appeared in the first column of the front page on March 5th, the headline was placed over the obituary of Presbyterian minister and 1851 University of Georgia graduate Dr. R. Q. Mallard in New Orleans.

Miss Mildred Lewis Rutherford, aka "Miss Mille," taught literature, history, and Bible studies at the Lucy Cobb Institute from 1880 to 1928, serving as principal from 1880 to 1895, and as president from 1917-1922.  

Guglielmo Marconi would share the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909 with German scientist Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy."

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