Today in history: The first telephone call

Today marks the anniversary of the first successful telephone call.

Back on March 10 1876, Alexander Graham Bell, the man who patented and is heralded as the inventor of the telephone, tested out his creation by phoning his assistant Thomas Watson.

Bell's topic of conversation wasn't necessarily what you'd imagine of such a monumental moment in history, with him simply uttering: "Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you."

Information about the scientific and technological breakthrough was detailed in Bell's scientific notebook where he scribed: "To my delight he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said."

Click here for more about Bell's telephone patent.

Click here to view a sketch of Bell's invention.

Take a look here for his scientific notebook entry.

And, go here, to find out more about the man himself.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.