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This Day in History: Alexander Graham Bell calls for the first time

(CBS DETROIT) – On March 10, 1876, the world’s first telephone conversation was made.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1847, Graham became an expert in sound and public speaking, according to America’s Library.

Using his sound skills, he created the telephone and made the first phone call in 1876. He called Thomas Watson, his assistant, and said, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”

According to America’s Library, after that first phone call, he wrote to his father and discussed how people in the future could communicate without even leaving their homes.

After creating the telephone, Bell developed other inventions, including creating the photophone in 1880.

“This first cordless phone transmits sound through a beam of light instead of electrical wires,” said America’s Library. “It’s the forefather of the cordless phone and 80% of today’s phone systems use fiber.”

Graham’s inventions allowed communication to continue to expand.

He famously repeated his first telephone during the formal opening of the transcontinental telephone lines connecting the east and west coasts of the United States. Bell was in New York and said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you,” and Watson replied that it would take him a week because he was in San Francisco.

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