International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio.
People had been trying to create wireless telegraphy for years but Marconi improved and made it marketable and successful. And do you want to know an interesting fact?
The radio operators on board the Titanic were employed by Marconi – and using his equipment they were able to alert the Carpathia, the ship which rescued around 700 survivors.
International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. This year IMD will celebrate its 29th year.
The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi’s birthday and in 2016 it will be held on 23 April.
The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts around the world to make contact with historic Marconi sites using communication techniques similar to those used by the great man himself.