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On March 7th 1876, the US patent office issued Patent No 174,465 to a young Scots inventor. The patent covered ‘the method of and apparatus for, transmitting vocal and other sounds telegraphically’. The ‘apparatus’ was the telephone and its inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Three days after the patent went into effect, Bell’s assistant heard the words, `Mr. Watson, come here, I want you`. He suddenly realized the invention worked. When Alexander Graham Bell died on August 2, 1922, the entire nation stopped using the phone for a full minute of silence. This was a special tribute to the man who made this form of communication possible. Read more