Datebook: August 16 - First Message Sent Across Transatlantic Telegraph Cable 155 Years Ago

Aug 16, 2013

On this day in 1858, President Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The first message was "Europe and America are united by telegraphy. Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men." Celebrations ensued. 

It’s Friday, August 16

Over 30 aircraft are featured in this weekend’s Wings Over Halls Air Show, to be held at the Dyersburg Army Air Base at Halls, Tennessee. The event also features vendors, aircraft rides, reenactors, museum tours, and more. Gates open at 10 and close at 5 tomorrow and Sunday, with the main air exhibition occurring at 1:30 both days. Find details at

Maiden Alley Cinema presents the film “Fruitvale Station” tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. The film tells the story of Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Day 2009. For showtimes and more information, visit

Angels Attic Thrift Shop seeks donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, and toys. Sale proceeds benefit the Angels Community Clinic, which provides healthcare to the working uninsured in Calloway County. Bring donations to 972 Chestnut Street Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5.

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