First trans-Atlantic telegraph

On this date in 1866, the first telegraph was sent via the new Atlantic Telegraph Cable. This is Robert Dudley's famous painting "Awaiting The Reply," showing Cyrus West Field, tall man silhouetted at right, financier who led the Atlantic Telegraph Company, among others as they awaited the success or failure of the first trans-Atlantic message sent overseas, 1866.

July 27, 2013 9:30 am  • 

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"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@tucson.com

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