Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell's design sketch of the telephone
Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell’s knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help save President James A, Garfield. Unfortunately, the attempt to locate the assassin’s bullet was unsuccessful. Learn more about this multitalented man in the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to Alexander Graham Bell.

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