Friday, March 10, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 10

The first speech transmitted by telephone occurred on March 10, 1876.

Speech is Transmitted by Telephone

Teenage girls in the late 1800’s had no idea what would be in store for them in the future. On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first speech given over a telephone system. It wasn’t a very exciting piece of gossip though. He called his assistant in another room saying “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.” Bell wasn’t the only one working on a phone at the time. Another inventor, Elisha Gray filed for a patent on his similar device, but Bell filed first, so he was awarded the patent and all the glory. The following year he created the Bell Telephone Company, which later became led by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) and later yet, became one of the largest corporations in the world.