Today Should Be a National Holiday for Alexander Graham Bell
If you are looking to have another national holiday declared it should be today and named Alexander Graham Bell Day. Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847 and died on August 2, 1922 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Bell was a scientist, inventor and engineer who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell’s mother and wife were both deaf which led him to his research on hearing which led him to experiment with hearing devices. That eventually led to Bell being awarded the first U.S. Patent for the telephone in 1876.
Why should today be Alexander Graham Bell Day? Well, on this date in 1915, Bell inaugurated United States transcontinental phone service with a call made between New York and San Francisco. The thought of being able to call from one side of the street to the other in those days was considered incredible. Imagine being able to call from one coast to the other. That call was made 98 years ago today, January 25, 1915.
Just think about life without your phone (or cell phone). We might be living that life had it not been for Mr. Bell. That’s why it should be declared a holiday.