Saturday, July 5, 2014

Marconi Beach

Yes, there is a beach named after Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian (well half-Italian) inventor of the radio, but it isn't in Italy. Here it is, pictured above.

It's on Cape Cod, a peninsula in Massachusetts, to the south of Boston (that's where I am right now). Why was it named after Marconi? The scientist and Nobel prizewinner used the site to transmit the first transatlantic message from the United States to Europe. It was in 1903, and it was a communication from American President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII in the United Kingdom. Find out more about the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center at this interesting website.