What Can We Learn from a 110-Year-Old Telegram Sent Around the World?

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On Aug. 20, 1911, the New York Times dispatched a news item via telegram, asking that the message be relayed around the world and back to the newspaper. The text was simple: “This message sent around the world.”

The Times received the return telegram in just 16 minutes and 30 seconds — record speed for the commercial telegraph system.