WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, MARCH 10: TELEPHONE INVENTED
Profile America -- Thursday, March 10th. For many Americans, trying to envision life without our various telephones would be like trying to live without indoor plumbing. The telephone is 135 years old today. That's when Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over a wire to his assistant in the next room, Bell said, "Mister Watson, come here; I want you." Only when Bell improved his invention to carry a voice for several miles did the public discover a need for them. Now, the public has an insatiable appetite for phones and uses them in ways Bell could not have imagined. Nearly 286 million Americans carry cell phones with them wherever they go -- about 93 percent of the total U.S. population. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar Events 2011, p. 167
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1148
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau