Friday, August 22 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:37:37 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Saturday marked the 170th anniversary of the
first ‘World Wide Web.'
In 1844, Samuel Morse activated the first telegraph
line, sending a dots-and-dashes code message from the U.S. Capitol building to
a receiver in Baltimore.
"What hath God wrought?" was the first
message transmitted by wire, suggested to Morse by the daughter of a friend
according to the Library
The ability of the telegraph to communicate
quickly over long distances made it an instant success. By 1861, telegraph
lines spanned the continental United States, then soon the world.
The U.S. Census Bureau said that from the
1844 demonstration, telecommunications today has grown into a half-billion-dollar
per year industry and employs nearly 1.1 million workers.
The medium has grown from wired to wireless technology; from Morse code to voice and digital data.
That growth continues today in leaps and
bounds, with recent news of telecommunications giant AT&T's deal to
purchase satellite television provider DirecTV. Closer to home, Verizon
recently announced the addition of 400 jobs in Alabama, with 300 of those
expected to come to the Huntsville customer service center.