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At a time when radio was only intended for morse Reginald Fessenden began the first "radio" program on December 24, 1906, at 9 P.M.. After a brief introduction, Handel's "Largo" was played from an Edison wax cylinder phonograph, followed by the inventor playing "O, Holy Night" on his violin.

Camille Clifford (1885-1971) aka The Gibson Girl (photo: Bassano, London, 1906), credited as the first pin-up girl


  • 1906: The first Pure Food and Drug Act becomes law; until its enactment, it was possible to buy, in stores or by mail order medicines containing morphine, cocaine, or heroin, and without their being so labeled.

    First record broadcast over the radio [...]

  • 1906: first record broadcast over radio by Reginald A. Fessenden

    Reginald Fessenden (October 6, 1866 - July 22, 1932), was a Canadian inventor sometimes dubbed "The Father of Radio Broadcasting", was born in East Bolton, Quebec, Canada. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Fessenden [Oct 2004]

    His greatest achievement that year, however, occurred at 9 p.m., Christmas Eve, 1906, when wireless operators of several United Fruit Company ships in the Atlantic, tipped off to expect something unusual on their NESCO-provided sets, heard Fessenden transmit a recording of Handel’s “Largo” on an Ediphone, play “Oh Holy Night” on the violin, and read from the Bible before wishing them a Merry Christmas. --http://collections.ic.gc.ca/heirloom_series/volume4/42-45.htm [Oct 2004]

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