BELL CALL­ING

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page -

On this date in 1876, Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell made the first long-dis­tance call, from his res­i­dence in Brant­ford to his as­sis­tant in Paris, Ont., 13 kilo­me­tres away. The call was pre­ceded seven days ear­lier by the first tele­phone call from one build­ing to another, be­tween Bell and his un­cle. The world’s first de­fin­i­tive tests of the tele­phone were one-way trans­mis­sions. Bell, who was born in Scot­land but lived a large part of his life in Canada, is con­sid­ered one of the great­est in­ven­tors of the 19th and 20th cen­turies. Bell also worked on the pho­to­elec­tric cell, the iron lung, de­sali­na­tion of sea­wa­ter, the phono­graph and at­tempted to breed a su­per race of sheep at Bad­deck.

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