On this day in 1901, Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him then the curvature of Earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less (they called it Fake News). The message--simply the Morse code for s-- traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada. That successful endeavor aroused widespread interest in Marconi and his wireless company and won him worldwide fame.
NBC had approved the script, but when a coordinated protest by the Legion of Decency and other morality Christian groups erupted, the network immediately disowned the star and declared her an "unfit radio personality." n a spineless attempt to shift the blame, network executives claimed West took the script they had found acceptable to unexpected levels of indecency by the way she delivered her lines. Subsequently, even the mention of her name was banned on NBC radio. Fortunately, there were more reasonable observers, like the Chicago Daily News, which excoriated the network's cowardice in an editorial:
"NBC and the commercial sponsors of the program knew Mae West. They knew her technique. They'd heard her and seen her. They coached her in rehearsals. But when the public protests swamped them they pretended they had Mae all mixed up with Mary Pickford or Shirley Temple."
Author Note: After reading this Chicago news report calling them on their bull-shit, the NBC managers called it Fake News -- so I'm assuming.
12 December 1980 marks the date at which the US Congress adopted the Copyright Act of 1976 into public law. Prior to this, it really wasn't -- without a shit-load of attorneys and really, really, good fake news reporters.
In 1988 on this day, in London, the first satellite pictures are beamed to some 2,200 betting shops to allow gamblers to watch several races from different locations live.
Long after giving birth to Jesus, the Virgin Mary traveled to Mexico on this day in 1531.
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