January 23rd, 1909 ~
The day when Jack Binns became the first
hero of wireless
It was around 5:40 in the morning. Jack Binns had just gone to bed after a long night at the wireless key of the Royal Mail Steamship "Republic" when he heard the foghorn grow more urgent and the ship slow down and reverse its engines. Then came a great crashing sound and half of his wireless cabin was ripped away. Had he still been sitting at his key, he would have been killed!
Thus began one of the greatest rescues at sea coordinated with the help of Marconi's new technology, wireless. More...
For the 100th anniversary
radio operators around the world were at their
Special Event Stations
special broadcasts and communications
For a complete list of these events, go to: