Thursday, December 19, 2013
, Hindustan Times
July 20, 2013
First Published: 16:57 IST(20/7/2013)
Last Updated: 18:38 IST(20/7/2013)
And then there were none...
While the dot-dash-dot script will be sorely missed, read about some historic telegrams sent across the world.
Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, 1948
The Government of India sent a telegram with the following message:
Government of India. Regret. Mahatma Gandhi was victim of shooting outrage. Gandhiji expired yesterday evening. Cremation will take place Saturday 4pm. Prime Minister has broadcast Saturday 31st be observed as day of fasting and prayer. Suggests offices should close entirely and flags half mast from sunrise.
The shortest recorded telegram
Oscar Wilde is said to have sent the shortest telegram, when he sent “?” to his publisher enquiring about book sales. The reply “!”
One from the Titanic, April 15, 1912
“SOS SOS CQD CQD TITANIC. WE ARE SINKING FAST. PASSENGERS ARE BEING PUT INTO BOATS. TITANIC.”
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