August 16, 1858 CE – Queen Victoria Contacts US President James Buchanan via the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

August 16, 1858 CE – Queen Victoria Contacts US President James Buchanan via the Transatlantic Telegraph CableRate this post Click to view full Infographic Having utilized oceangoing vessels to carry mail for centuries, the completion of a transatlantic telegraph cable opened the United States and Britain to the possibility of near-instantaneous communication when Queen Victoria sent a brief congratulatory message to American President James Buchanan on August 16, 1858. Within weeks, though, the cable failed and the system had to be replaced entirely. Formed in 1856, the Atlantic Telegraph Company came together when businessmen from both sides of the ocean set out to apply the rapidly-advancing technology to connect the […]