Celebrated on 7th May, in Russia, Bulgaria and a few other countries of the former Soviet Union, Radio Day honours the development of radio in Russia.
Alexander Popov is, thus, regarded as the “inventor of the radio” in these countries instead of Guglielmo Marconi.
The day is officially known as Communications Workers’ Day in Russia and Radio and Television Day in Bulgaria.
The World Radio Day proclaimed by UNESCO is different. It is observed on 13th February by UN Member States and celebrates the love of radio and its importance in our society.
The email system invented by Ray Tomlinson at ARPA wasn't considered important. It was not a directive of the defence organization and Tomlinson was very hushed-up about it. He told a colleague "Don't tell anyone! This isn't what we're supposed to be working on." [more...]