mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
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This Day in History, 1876

Today is the 130th anniversary of the telephone. On this day in 1876, in his Boston home, Alexander Graham Bell called for his assistant over a primitive telephone by saying, "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you."


Since March 10, 1876, the telephone and communication technology has changed dramatically. We've gone from requiring operators to make calls...to party lines...to an American telephone monopoly called AT&T...to the invention of touch tone...to the forced breakup of the AT&T monopoly...to cell phones..to ring tones being a multibillion dollar industry...to Wi-Fi...to the death of the telegram......to AT&T purchasing Bell South...

One wonders what Bell would have thought of all of it.
Tags: boston, history, science
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