Saturday, May 24, is the 170th anniversary of the day inventor Samuel Morse sent a very famous telegraphic message to Alfred Vail using Morse code.
In 1884, during a demonstration to the US Congress, four words were sent on a telegraph line from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, Maryland. The message? “What hath God wrought.”
But you don’t have to go to the Library of Congress to commemorate this moment in telecommunications history. Wolfram|Alpha can translate any string into Morse code’s iconic combination of dashes and dots for you.
You can also use Wolfram|Alpha to decrypt messages sent in Morse code.
Go ahead and give it a try by decoding this piece of trivia: