March History

March 7, 1876 — Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone. Bell’s patent filing beat a similar claim by Elisha Gray by only two hours. The Bell company withstood repeated legal challenges to emerge as the massive American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) and form the foundation of the modern telecommunications industry.

March 9, 1959
— the first Barbie went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features.

March 23, 1839
— the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct,” a
popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.



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