WASHINGTON, July 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, JULY 25: TRANSATLANTIC TELEGRAPH
Profile America — Sunday, July 25th. Most of us think the ability to quickly communicate with someone on another continent is all part of the explosion in technology of the last few decades. But the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable was completed on this date in 1866, when the ship Great Eastern finished laying a cable from Ireland to Newfoundland, a distance of nearly 1,700 nautical miles. It cost $1 to send a letter — at a time when the average wage was about $20 a month. Now, in spite of satellites, international telephone service still largely depends on cables, but they are made of high-capacity fiber optics. Americans make more than 37 million international calls every day — both for personal conversation and to link computers. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2010, p. 388
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1110
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau