On July 1, 1908, SOS was adopted as an international distress signal because it is easy to distinguish in Morse Code (three dots, three dashes, and three dots). Interestingly, VTB produces the same sound but SOS is just easier to remember. Nowadays there is a new distress code system, but SOS is still recognized as a visual signal.
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