On this day in 1844, the first telegraph line in the US between Baltimore, MC and Washington, DC opened. Samuel FB Morse, creator of the Morse Code, sent the first officially telegraphed message: "What hath God wrought?"
If you're curious about Morse Code or telegraphs, here are a few resources we have for you:
Items in our catalog about the telegraph, including its use in the Civil War.
A video from our Access Video collection (patrons may need to supply their library card numbers to view at home: