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This Day in History - 1.18.2012

Co-inventor of the Telephone, Thomas A. Watson, is Born

By Rebecca Hulse

On January 18, 1854, Thomas A. Watson was born. Watson was known for his contributions to engineering the telephone. He was the assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, and worked with him for two years before the invention was complete. The first words ever spoken on a telephone were in fact: “Watson, come here, I want you!” The telephone was obviously one influential invention at the time, because information could now be rapidly shared across vast stretches of land or sea. The telephone continues to be something we use in our every day communications. Although it has grown and changed throughout history, the telephone (thanks to Watson and Bell), helps information spread widely and quickly throughout the world.