National Telephone Day

National Telephone Day is observed next on Thursday, April 25th, 2024 (54 days from today).

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National Telephone Day on the 25th of April every year commemorates the remarkable innovation of Alexander Graham Bell.

Why National Telephone Day?

This world will become a stagnant place for businesses losing the ability to pick up the phone and hold conference calls for, granted, and can now use the power of IP communications to maintain digital connection with employees, partners and customers across a variety of channels for granted. That's why, on April 25th, we celebrate Phone Day. The holiday commemorates the fateful day in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell introduced the first telephone (called the "electrical talker") and changed the world forever. Since its invention in 1876, the telephone has many breakthroughs such as unified communications. What a trip? Remember that there are some days that switchboard operators and human phone numbers were made up of prefixes that were real words.

Do remember that telephone was a rotary device having connected to the wall jack at home, and there were only a few of them. There is one in the kitchen, one in the living room, and possibly one in every bedroom although this last development occurs considerably later. For decades, teenagers had to listen carefully to everything they had to say to their parents.

It's unbelievable that one person's invention led to all of this. So rejoice in this day.

History of National Telephone Day

Even in the case of this date, it remains unclear who initiated it, when it was honored and why its originator(s) chose today to be April 25th. In particular, the date is zero as some other date may have been selected.

In terms of content, this quirky holiday celebrates the birth of the telephone by then British and American inventor and speech therapist Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922). Bell is significant in the history of telephone and telecommunications because he was the first to take advantage of this discovery by further developing the ideas and approaches of his predecessors until they were ready for use in the market.

Angry Tongues believes Bell has largely eliminated its competitors and peers, based on the numerous legal challenges and patent lawsuits he has led.

There were 100 millionth telephone lines in the United States until May 1967. On May 11st, governors and dignitaries from the territories of the United States joined President Lyndon B. Johnson for the largest conference call ever held. On National Telephone Day, many gold phones are gifted for each governor, dignitaries, and President. At the same time, a statement recognizing May 12 as National Telephone Day was released.

However, on that date, there is no record of the date of being honored again.

Get Patent

The correct answer to a difficult question, for example: "Who did invent the telephone?" is the name on the patent. In this question, everyone knows the correct answer is Alexander Graham Bell. If his attorney is delayed due to bad weather or poor planning, the answer could be a different name.

On February 14th, 1876, Marcellus Bailey who was one of Bell's attorneys arrived in the US Patent office in Boston to file a patent for the telephone.

Finally that day, Elisha Gray filed a foreshadowing patent for a similar device. The caveat is the intent to file a patent application.

There is also a third candidate. Antonio Meucci submitted an advance notice in November 1871 for a telegraph but was unable to renew the advance notice due to difficulties.

Because of the advance filing, the patent office awarded Bell the patent on March 7, 1876. Gray challenged the decision in court, but unsuccessfully.

Alexander Graham Bell

Born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Bell taught at an all-boys boarding school. The sound of speech is an integral part of his life. His father invented a "Visible Voice" system to help deaf students communicate. Bell later became a friend and benefactor of Helen Keller.

After the patent was approved for three days, Bell called his assistant by calling the phone and said that “Mr.Watson, come here! I want to meet you!"

Bell and his team have been preparing a public rally. Moreover, the grand stage of the World's Fair in Philadelphia is considered as the best place. On May 10th, 1876, in a crowded Machine Hall, a man's voice came from a small whistle and passed through loudspeakers to the audience.

A year later, the White House installed its first telephone. The telephone revolution begins.

July 9th, 1877, was the founding date of the Bell Telephone Company. Besides, the first public telephone lines were installed from Boston to Somerville, Massachusetts that same year. By the end of the decade, nearly 50,000 phones were in existence in the United States. In May 1967, telephone companies across the country installed the millionth telephone.

How to celebrate National Telephone Day

  • Attempting to call someone: Proceed with caution. On National Telephone Day, surprise your friends with a phone call. It is thought that you are recommending some serious things.
  • Feeling nostalgic? Ask your grandparents about how much energy it takes to "turn" a phone - and why they don't like numbers with lots of zeros.
  • Do you have any photos about your old phone? Let share your thought as well as your photos on social media with the hashtag #NationalTelephoneDay to demonstrate multiple phones that have been used.


National Telephone Day has been observed annually on April 25th.


Monday, April 25th, 2022

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Thursday, April 25th, 2024

Friday, April 25th, 2025

Saturday, April 25th, 2026

Also on Thursday, April 25th, 2024

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