Today in history: October 24
In 1861, President Lincoln received the first transcontinental telegram
October 24, 1861: President Lincoln received the first transcontinental telegram. It was sent to him from San Francisco by California's Chief Justice. Like radio in the 1920s, television in the 1950s, or the internet today, the telegraph ushered in dramatic changes in the way Americans communicated with each other. Just two days after Lincoln received the telegraph from California, the government halted its use of the famous Pony Express and turned to what Western Union called "lightening lines" to spread communications nationwide.
October 24, 1951: President Harry Truman ended the official state of war with Germany, six years after World War II ended.
Quote of the Day"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -Ronald Reagan
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