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American Experience; Rescue at Sea


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American Experience
Rescue at Sea
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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On January 23, 1909, two ships -- one carrying Italian immigrants to New York, the other, American tourists to Europe -- collided in a dense fog off Nantucket Island. Suddenly, more than 1,500 lives became dependent on a new technology, wireless telegraphy, and a 26- year-old wireless operator who sent a steady stream of distress signals as his cabin filled with water. Courage and luck saved the day, and a week after the collision, a bill requiring wireless on every ship carrying more than 50 passengers was introduced to Congress.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Rescue at Sea,” 01/05/1999, GBH Archives, accessed November 30, 2023,
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