1847 – In Edinburgh, Scotland, an expert in vocal physiology and elocution welcomed his newborn son into the world. He was named after his father. Alexander Graham Bell would go on to become synonymous with the telephone.
1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York State as a subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.
1966- The BBC announced plans to begin broadcasting television programmes in colour the following year, becoming the first European broadcaster to provide regular colour broadcasts.
2017 – Nintendo began shipping its Nintendo Switch console. It featured a removable tablet that could play games on the go.
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