National Telephone Day:
Every year on the 25th of April, National Telephone Day is observed. The United States observes this Day to commemorate Alexander Graham BELL’s remarkable innovation.
Why National Telephone Day?
This world would be a pretty stagnant place for businesses, which take the ability to pick up the phone and hold a conference call for granted and can now use the power of IP communications to stay connected digitally with employees, partners, and customers alike across a variety of channels for granted. That is why, on April 25, we observe Telephone Day. The holiday remembers the fateful day in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell introduced the first telephone (called the “electric speaking machine”) and permanently changed the world. Since its invention in 1876, the telephone has spawned a plethora of developments, including unified communications. What a ride it’s been. Some of us recall a time when human switchboard operators and phone numbers answered phone calls that were made up of prefixes that were real words.
Many of us remember when phones were rotary things that connected into a wall jack at home, and there were just a few of them. There was one in the kitchen, one in the living room, and possibly one in each of the bedrooms—though this final development occurred considerably later. For decades, teenagers had to put up with their parents listening to everything they said.
It’s incredible that one man’s invention has resulted in all of this. So, rejoice in this day.
How Can We Celebrate National Telephone Day:
- Make an attempt to call someone: Proceed with caution. On National Telephone Day, surprise your pals by making a phone call. They’ll probably assume you’re saying something incredibly serious.
- Feeling nostalgic? Inquire with your grandparents about the amount of energy required to “dial” a phone — and why they disliked numbers with a lot of zeroes.
- Share your old telephone photos on social media with the hashtag #NationalTelephoneDay to demonstrate the many phones that have been used.
Interesting Facts on National Telephone Day:
Here are some interesting telephone facts to brighten your day!
- Alexander Graham Bell and his helper, Thomas Watson, made the first phone call.
- The first phone book only had 20 pages.
- Mark Twain was the first person to own a phone.
- Telephones expanded rapidly, from one phone in 1876 to 11 million phones countrywide by 1915, only in the United States.
- By 1910, New York Telephone had 6,000 female telephone operators.
- When Bell handed Watson the phone and said, “here, hold this,” the phrase “to put someone on hold” was named after Alexander and his helper Mr. Watson.
- When Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, all telephones were silenced for one minute with respect to the inventor.
- In 1956, the first transatlantic telephone cable was laid. A telephone cable was laid across the ocean floor, reaching depths of 12,000 feet. The cable connects Canada and Scotland across the Atlantic Ocean.
- There are around 150 million telephone lines in the world, with the number growing by thousands every day.
History Of National Telephone Day:
Even in the instance of this day, it is unclear who initiated it, when it was honored, and why its originator (s) chose today’s April 25th. The date, in particular, is unusual because a few other dates may have been chosen.
In terms of content, this odd holiday commemorates the creation of the telephone by British, then American speech therapist, inventor, and prominent entrepreneur Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922). Bell is significant in the history of the telephone and telecommunications because he was the first to capitalize on this discovery by further developing the ideas and approaches of his predecessors until they were ready for market.
Angry tongues believe that Bell mostly took off his competitors and coworkers, based on the numerous legal challenges and patent cases he has led. But that’s another story for another time.
The 100 millionth telephone line was built in the United States in May 1967. On May 11th, governors and dignitaries from the United States’ territories joined President Lyndon B. Johnson on the largest conference call ever held. To mark the occasion, each governor, dignitary, and President were given gold phones. At the same time, a proclamation recognizing May 12th as National Telephone Day was released.
On that day, however, there is no record of the day being honored again.