Friday Fast Fact | On this Date in History: August 13th


For many people, one of the least-used features of their cellphone is the actual phone itself.  With connectivity, social media, and mobile entertainment, it’s easy to overlook the core function that spurred the very creation of cell phones.

However, before smartphones, cellphones, car phones, and pagers, payphones could be found in public spaces virtually everywhere across the United States.

Brian Schopper

On August 13th 1889, inventor William Gray was granted his patent for a “Coin-controlled apparatus for telephones,” exactly one year after he had applied for the p...

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