On March 7, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone, and 3 days later, he made the first phone call. Who did he call, his assistant, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you” he said according to the website www.onthisday.com. In 1915 Bell called his assistant in San Francisco from New York, I wonder how much that call cost. Do you remember when calling other cities and states cost an arm and a leg? And now, more than 100 years later, not only does pretty much everyone own a phone, (and by phone I mean cell phone, including young children) we talk on them without cords, and for much less. I am sure Alexander Graham Bell would be happy to know how much he is keeping people connected from distances near and far.
Some additional interesting facts on the remarkable Alexander Graham Bell:
- Graham was Bell’s middle name and was added when he was 10 years old
- Both of his brothers dies from tuberculosis
- Bell moved to Boston in 1871 and began his work trying to perfect the harmonic telegraph
- He did important work for the deaf
- He held more than 18 patents
- He died peacefully in 1922, and the entire telephone system was shut down for one minute in tribute to his life