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1830: Sarah Josepha Hale publishes the poem "Mary's Lamb," which begins with the line "Mary had a little lamb." It would become an enduring nursery rhyme when set to a melody by Lowell Mason, and would be the first verse recorded on Thomas Edison's phonograph in 1877.
1844: From the U.S. Capitol, inventor Samuel Morse sends the first message via commercial telegraph line, to his assistant Alfred Vail in Baltimore. Morse's message to Vail is the biblical quote "What hath God wrought."
1883: President Chester A. Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland preside over the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge across the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Designed by John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 1,595.5 feet and is the longest suspension bridge in the world — a record it would hold until 1903.
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