Let’s talk about SOS – no, not the Abba song — rather the international distress signal. In Morse code it is . . . – – – . . . (Dot, Dot, Dot, dash, dash, dash, Dot, Dot, Dot) with “S” being . . . and you can figure out “O.”
SOS was adopted in 1906 on this day at International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin, after the Germans started using it for maritime distress signal a year earlier.
Interestingly, SOS is not an abbreviation for anything, contrary to common beliefs, such as “Save our Souls” or “Save our Ship.”
I suspect about half of the US will signal SOS after today…
Here is a lovely double hemisphere world map by Elwe from 1792. Calmer times.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.