May 7.

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Alexander Popov – In Soviet Russia, radio invents you.


May 7th is celebrated as ‘Radio Day’ in Russia and Bulgaria.

First observed in 1945, the day marks the anniversary of Alexander Popov’s first instance of exhibiting a radio transmitting device in Russia on May 7th, 1895 in front of the Russian Physical and Chemistry Society in St. Petersburg.

It was initially devised as a ‘lightning detector’ but would be proved as a primitive radio receiver, leading to part of the former Soviet Union to lay claim to Popov as the original inventor of the radio.

Whilst others will recognise Guglielmo Marconi as the true ‘inventor’ of the radio, in these areas of former Soviet Russia, the question: “Who invented the radio?” will often garner the answer ‘Popov’.

Throughout history On This Day:

  • The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. (1718)
  • Women are granted the right to vote in the UK. (1928)
  • Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering is founded, with around 20 employees on its payroll. TTE would later become Sony. (1946)
  • Reginald Kenneth Dwight legally changes his name to Elton Hercules John. (1972)
  • Rugby Union becomes a professional sport following the success of the 1995 South Africa World Cup. (1996)

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