25 Jan : Who were the first to communicate on phone miles away?

Anyone you want to speak to is just a call away. But making these calls was not so easy. Specially the transcontinental call.

We credit invention of telephone to Alexander Graham Bell. He invented the telephone in 1876, but it was only after almost 39 years that he could make the first transcontinental call. It was 25 January 1915, that first successful transcontinental call could be made.

Alexander Graham Bell about to call San Francisco from New York

Alexander Graham Bell, in New York City, repeated his famous statement

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want you,”

into the telephone, which was heard by his assistant Dr. Watson in San Francisco, for a long distance call of 3,400 miles. Dr. Watson replied,

“It will take me five days to get there now!”

Earlier trials in the field of telephone : 
1. The original long distance telephone network started in 1885, in New York City.
2. The president of AT&T, Theodore Vail, committed the company to a transcontinental line in 1909.
3. On June 27, 1914, with final pole at Urtah, 4,750 miles of telephone line, was raised.
4. Theodore Vail succeeded in transmitting his voice across the continental U.S. in July 1914.
5. Six months later, on January 25, 1915, first transcontinental call was made.

फोन पर बातें करना, अब कोई बड़ी चुनौती नहीं लगती है। लेकिन वो पहली बार जब किसी ने फोन के बारे में सोचा होगा… तब तो शायद इसका नाम फोन भी नहीं होगा… तब क्या हुआ होगा ? इस सवाल का जवाब आज आपको मिलेगा। क्या आप जानते हैं… एलेक्ज़ैंडर ग्राहम बेल ने 1876 में ही फोन का आविष्कार कर दिया था। लेकिन इससे पहली बार अंतर्राष्ट्रीय कॉल 39 साल के बाद की जा सकी थी। ये कॉल न्यू यॉर्क से एलेक्ज़ैंडर ग्राहम बेल ने अपने सहायक वॉटसन को 3,400 मील दूर, सैन फ्रैंसिसको में की थी।