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"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you."

Alexander Graham Bell speaking into telephone.jpgThese were the legendary words first spoken through the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, the man credited with that device's invention. On this day in history, March 3, 1847, Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He developed an interest in the transmission of sound through his father, who was a teacher of the deaf. Although Bell is widely accepted as the telephone's inventor, there was a bit of a race to the patent office as rival Elisha Gray submitted a similar claim the same day Bell filed his. To read more about this intriguing saga, check out The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret.

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