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What were the first words ever to be spoken over the telephone?


In The first words spoken on the telephone were

“Mr.Watson, come here.”

The first phone call ever made was short, simple, and to the point. On March 10, 1876, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, uttered the first message ever transmitted over the phone: “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” Bell’s history-making call was to his assistant, the mechanic Thomas Watson, and it wasn’t exactly long-distance; Watson was sitting by a receiver just a few rooms away. But when Watson came into the room and informed Bell that he had heard each word clearly and distinctly, it proved to both men that this groundbreaking new technology was a success.

The power of his innovation was immediately apparent to Bell. In a letter to his fatherrecounting the event, the inventor predicted that “the day is coming when telegraph wires will be laid on to houses just like water or gas — and friends converse with each other without leaving home.” Bell’s vision, of course, proved remarkably prescient. His short phone call to Watson marked the beginning of a technology that quickly transformed the world. Though that first phone call was between two people in the same house, the telephone soon allowed people to speak to each other from separate homes, separate cities, and, by 1927, separate continents.

Alexander Graham Bell’s mother and wife were deaf

Alexander Graham Bell is famous for inventing the telephone, but much of his life was dedicated to another field entirely: the education of deaf people. Both Bell’s mother and wife were deaf, and his father was a speech therapist for deaf people. Before inventing the telephone, Bell worked as a teacher in several schools for the deaf, and later in life he dedicated a part of the fortune he had amassed from inventing the telephone to continue his advocacy for Deaf education. He became the first president of the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf and is even credited with connecting Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan. However, Bell’s approach to Deaf education prioritized oralism, a method that emphasized teaching deaf people to speak and read lips without the aid of sign language. Today, oralism is widely considered outdated and even detrimental, and Bell’s role in promoting it has made him a controversial figure in the Deaf community.


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