Thursday, April 25th marks the hundredth anniversary of the man who promised to put a girdle around the earth...
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CU Bust of Marconi PAN TO wife and daughter looking
CU Marconi wireless
SV Wife and daughter walk around exhibition.
CU Pull back to SV wireless
CU Sign "Recording of Marconi's Voice" Sound Up
SV PAN FROM Machine TO wife
REPORTER: "Now you've had a chance to have a little look at the exhibition can I ask you what your first impressions are. Are you enjoying it?"
MRS. MARCONI: "Well I think its very well organised and have arranged things very beautifully because all the main pieces of my husband are here."
REPORTER: "It must bring back a lot of memories?"
MRS. MARCONI: "Yes. My last visit was with him. With my husband some years ago."
REPORTER: "To the Museum?"
REPORTER: "That's interesting".
MRS MARCONI: "And I have seen some pieces with him".
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This film includes a recording of a broadcast made by Marconi in 1930 and shows him with the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
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Background: Thursday, April 25th marks the hundredth anniversary of the man who promised to put a girdle around the earth...Guglielmo Marconi. To mark the occasion radio stations around the world will broadcast special programs tracing the history of radio, form the beginnings, when Marconi at the age of 20 managed to transmit a signal over a few yards, to his greatest triumph in December 1901 when he heard three faint dots transmitted to Saint John's Newfoundland from Cornwell in England, two thousand miles away.
Marconi was born in Bologna on April the 25th, 1874. He was fascinated by the idea of sending a message through the airways and began experimenting at his father's estate. He was convinced of the potential of this means of communication--but received little encouragement for his experiments. In 1896 he arrived in Britain.
A special exhibition of his works has been opened at the British Museum. His widow Marchesa Cristina Marconi and daughter Principessa Elettra Giovennelli were on hand for the opening. Mrs. Marconi spoke about her husband after gearing a 1930 radio call made by him.