Timeline of the telephone

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This timeline of the telephone covers landline, radio, and cellular telephony technologies and provides many important dates in the history of the telephone.wikipedia
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History of the telephone

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This timeline of the telephone covers landline, radio, and cellular telephony technologies and provides many important dates in the history of the telephone.
This history of the telephone chronicles the development of the electrical telephone, and includes a brief review of its predecessors.

Antonio Meucci

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1849: Antonio Meucci demonstrates a communicating device to individuals in Havana. It is disputed that this is an electromagnetic telephone, but it is said to involve direct transmission of electricity into the user's body.
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Elisha Gray

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1872: Elisha Gray founds the Western Electric Manufacturing Company.
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Reis telephone

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1860: Johann Philipp Reis of Germany demonstrates a make-and-break transmitter after the design of Bourseul and a knitting-needle receiver. Witnesses said they heard human voices being transmitted.
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The Telephone Cases

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1888: Telephone patent court cases are confirmed by the Supreme Court, see The Telephone Cases
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Push-button telephone

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1963, November 18: AT&T commences the first subscriber Touch-Tone service in the towns of Carnegie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, using push-button telephones that replaced rotary dial instruments.
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Invention of the telephone

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21 June 2002: The Parliament of Canada responds by passing a motion unanimously 10 days later recognizing Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone.
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Mink, Louisiana

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2005: Mink, Louisiana finally receives traditional landline telephone service (one of the last in the United States).
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Telephony

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This timeline of the telephone covers landline, radio, and cellular telephony technologies and provides many important dates in the history of the telephone.

Robert Hooke

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1667: Robert Hooke creates an acoustic string telephone that conveys sounds over a taut extended wire by mechanical vibrations.

Acoustics

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1667: Robert Hooke creates an acoustic string telephone that conveys sounds over a taut extended wire by mechanical vibrations.

Tin can telephone

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1667: Robert Hooke creates an acoustic string telephone that conveys sounds over a taut extended wire by mechanical vibrations.

Innocenzo Manzetti

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1844: Innocenzo Manzetti first suggests the idea of an electric "speaking telegraph", or telephone.

Telephone

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1844: Innocenzo Manzetti first suggests the idea of an electric "speaking telegraph", or telephone.

Havana

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1849: Antonio Meucci demonstrates a communicating device to individuals in Havana. It is disputed that this is an electromagnetic telephone, but it is said to involve direct transmission of electricity into the user's body.

Charles Bourseul

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1854: Charles Bourseul publishes a description of a make-and-break telephone transmitter and receiver in L'Illustration, (Paris) but does not construct a working instrument.

L'Illustration

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1854: Charles Bourseul publishes a description of a make-and-break telephone transmitter and receiver in L'Illustration, (Paris) but does not construct a working instrument.

Johann Philipp Reis

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1860: Johann Philipp Reis of Germany demonstrates a make-and-break transmitter after the design of Bourseul and a knitting-needle receiver. Witnesses said they heard human voices being transmitted.

Automaton

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1864: In an attempt to give his musical automaton a voice, Innocenzo Manzetti invents the 'speaking telegraph'. He shows no interest in patenting his device, but it is reported in newspapers.

Patent caveat

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1871: Meucci files a patent caveat (a statement of intention to file a patent application) for a Sound Telegraph, but it does not describe an electromagnetic telephone.

Patent application

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1871: Meucci files a patent caveat (a statement of intention to file a patent application) for a Sound Telegraph, but it does not describe an electromagnetic telephone.

Western Electric

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1872: Elisha Gray founds the Western Electric Manufacturing Company.

Thomas Edison

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July 1873: Thomas Edison notes varying resistance in carbon grains due to pressure, and builds a rheostat based on the principle but abandons it because of its sensitivity to vibration.

Alexander Graham Bell

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21 June 2002: The Parliament of Canada responds by passing a motion unanimously 10 days later recognizing Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone. July 1874: Alexander Graham Bell conceives the theoretical concept for the telephone while vacationing at his parents' farm near Brantford, Canada. Alexander Melville Bell records notes of his son's conversation in his personal journal.

Brantford

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July 1874: Alexander Graham Bell conceives the theoretical concept for the telephone while vacationing at his parents' farm near Brantford, Canada. Alexander Melville Bell records notes of his son's conversation in his personal journal.