image: title

Celebrate and learn about special days
every day of the year!

Back to Facts of the Day Calendar UK Calendar dates british festivals .... folklore ... anniversaries .... on this day


image: Sinking shipOn 10 June 1909, the 'SOS' signal was used in an emergency for the first time, when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia was wrecked off the Azores. Two steamers received her signals and went to the rescue.

What is SOS?

An SOS is a Morse Code distress call which has been internationally recognized since 1906. It was mostly used by ships who wanted to be able to quickly and accurately signal each other to ask for assistance.

The Morse code international distress call (· · · — — — · · ·) was signaled via radio or using lights. On a radio which allows voice communications, people often used SOS or other terms like “mayday” to indicate that they are in trouble on ships, aircraft, and other vessels.

What does SOS stand for?

SOS has often been said to stand for such things as "Save Our Souls", "Save Our Ship", and "Stop Other Signals". However, these phrases are unofficial and came later, and are used as mnemonic devices to help remember the correct telegraphic pattern.


See Teaching Resources for today's date

Back to Facts of the Day Calendar

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec

email© Copyright - please read
All the materials on these pages are free for homework and classroom use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place the content of this page on any other website or blog without written permission from the Mandy Barrow. |

Facts and information about LondonBritish Royal FamilyVirtual Tour of the Thames

Special facts and information about each month of the yearInformation on Britain and the UK for Kids of all agesBritish History

© Copyright Mandy Barrow 2013

Follow Project BritainTwitterFollow Mandy Barrow on TwitterGoogle Plus

Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites and 
are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.

Woodlands Junior Homework Help new website

born on this day what happened on this day famous birthdays interesting facts did you know Interesting Calendar Facts.