- May 30 -

Loomis Day

Loomis Day commemorates Mahlon Loomis, who patented his wireless telegraphing inventions on May 30, 1872.   It’s hard to imagine a world without wireless conveniences such as cell phones and high speed wifi internet, but less than 150 years ago wireless communication was just the wild dream...

Loomis Day

Loomis Day commemorates Mahlon Loomis, who patented his wireless telegraphing inventions on May 30, 1872.

It’s hard to imagine a world without wireless conveniences such as cell phones and high speed wifi internet, but less than 150 years ago wireless communication was just the wild dream of a New York born dentist. Mahlon Loomis (1826-1886) believed it was possible to harness the upper atmosphere’s electrical currents to successfully transfer telegraph messages without wire.

Armed with 2 kites tied to copper string Loomis set out to prove his hypothesis. Loomis flew the kites at equal height 14 miles away from one another atop Virginia’s Massanutten Mountain. Each kite was tied to copper string, which were then attached to galvanometers. Loomis found that he could use one kite to move the other kite’s meter; the first known form of wireless communication! Loomis patented his idea, titling it 'An Improvement to Telegraphing,' and tried to get government funding to further study and possibly to set-up a network of wireless communication. In the end the government decided not to fund Loomis’ research. Loomis did not give up on his idea, and by the late 1870s there were rumors he was working on a wireless telephone. During his lifetime Loomis was accused of being a crank, and ultimately dismissed as a fraud.

Loomis was perhaps a little too zany for his own time, but he hoped that one day people would utilize his findings. Now-a-days there’s an abundance of wireless technologies and accessories that connect us to one another and probably far-surpass Loomis’ expectations! So a special thanks to Mahlon Loomis for daring to think outside the box. Happy Loomis day!
Source:
http://www.zanyholidays.com/2008/05/loomis-day.html

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Feast Day of Joan of Arc

You may also like...

Interesting events from Science category.

Kid Inventors’ Day

Television. Water skis. Earmuffs. The Popsicle. What do they have in common? All were invented by kids! 500,000 children and teens invent gadgets and games each year. These innovations help make our lives easier - and more fun. Kid Inventors’ Day to be held annually...

Amerigo Vespucci Birth Anniversary

Many people have had a great influence upon our world. Some have changed it in a generally good way, such as Abraham Lincoln. Others have affected the world negatively, such as Adolph Hitler. Still others have changed the world thoroughly, their changes resounding through time, such as Christopher...

International Day for Achievers

International Day for Achievers is celebrated to pay tribute to achievers in any field for their outstanding achievements or achievement. These achievers can be Scientist, Doctor, Conservationist, Teacher, Social Worker etc. who have used their imagination and vision to ease or enhance the...

Russian Cosmonaut Day

Cosmonautics Day (Russian:Den Kosmonavtiki) is a holiday celebrated in Russia and some other former USSR countries on April 12. Later on, since April 7, 2011 the April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight made on April 12,...

Hubble Telescope Sent Into Orbit

Apr 25, 1990, the crew of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-term space-based observatory, into a low orbit around Earth. The space telescope, conceived in the 1940s, designed in the 1970s, and built in the 1980s, was designed to give astronomers an...

Paranormal Day

This is a day to honor all those who believe in paranormal experiences as well as those who engage in paranormal activities. Even if you are a diehard skeptic, you can still enjoy this day as an opportunity to hang out and watch scary movies. The term of paranormal has been in the English...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet