On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone. The invention of the telephone revolutionized the way people communicate with one another. The device allowed people to instantly and effectively talk to each other over long distances.

When Bell died in 1922, phones throughout the United States had a moment of silence, to honor the man who made those phones possible. The Bell Telephone Company eventually became AT&T, which is still in operation more than 125 years later.

Alexander Graham Bell
Noun

(1847-1922) American inventor of the telephone.

communicate
Verb

to exchange knowledge, thoughts, or feelings.

device
Noun

tool or piece of machinery.

invention
Noun

new idea, machine, product, device, or process.

patent
Noun

legal right to make or sell an invention.

revolutionize
Verb

to completely change a process or way of doing something.

telephone
Noun

electronic tool and system for communication by sound or speech.