American scientist Alexander Graham Bell revolutionized telecommunications on this day in 1876, uttering the first words ever spoken on his new invention, the telephone, to his trusted assistant, Thomas A. Watson: "Mr. Watson – Come here – I want to see you." After being granted the first patent in the United States for a telephone later that year, Bell continued developing his invention, later co-founding the American Telephone and Telegraph Company — better known today as AT&T. Decades later, engineers working at AT&T successfully invented a transistor radio — one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century.
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” —
Alexander Graham Bell