Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

Morse Code is a method of communication that encodes text characters as standardized sequences of two different signal durations, called dots and dashes. It is named after the inventor of the telegraph, Samuel Morse. Morse Code has been used for aviation, amateur radio, and other purposes for many years.

This brings us to a holiday known as Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day, observed on January 11th every year. Although Morse Code might seem like an obsolete method of communication nowadays, it is still used for various purposes, so learning how to spell your name in it could prove useful at some point in the future.

The History of Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

It is currently unknown when this holiday was created or who created it. We can only speculate that it was probably invented by someone who was a HAM radio operator, as learning Morse Code used to be a requirement for obtaining a HAM license until 2007.

Interesting Facts About Morse Code

Below are some fascinating and interesting facts about Morse Code:

  • Morse Code is still useful for SOS calls for help, so everyone should learn at least that much of it.
  • The first official telegram in Morse Code was sent in 1844.
  • Morse Code is officially recognized as the first text message ever sent.

Observing Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

The best way to observe this holiday is to take a few moments to learn how to spell your name in Morse Code. Once you’ve done that, try to learn more Morse Code—after all, you never know when it will come in handy.

While observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #LearnYourNameInMorseCodeDay on your social media accounts to spread the word about it to everyone who might be interested.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 11 Thursday
Next year (2025)
January 11 Saturday
Last year (2023)
January 11 Wednesday
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