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The most important phone calls ever made

Billions of phone calls are made every single day, from casual catch-ups between friends, to emotional reunions between long-lost family members.

The importance of phone calls can range from pointless and irritating to life-saving and vital, but there’s no getting away from it; for better or worse, the telephone has irrevocably changed the world and the way we communicate.

But consider this: if it wasn’t for this humble everyday device, would there still even be a world to change? Read on and find out about some of the most important phone calls ever made.

Important Phone Call

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The Very First Phone Call

Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever phone call in Boston Massachusetts on 10th March 1876. The very first person he called was his assistant Thomas Watson, who at the time was standing in the next room. Bell said to him, “Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you.” Hardly the most inspiring thing to say, but this revolutionary advance in technology meant that those nine words would soon be heard the world over and go down in history.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Call

The closest the world came to nuclear war was in 1962, when the Soviet Union placed strategic nuclear missiles in Cuba in order to defend themselves against a possible US invasion. At the time of the crisis, the Americans and the Soviets were barely on speaking terms. The Americans had narrowly missed starting an all-out nuclear war when they nearly destroyed a Soviet submarine that would have launched one of the warheads on Cuba had it been hit. On 26th October 1962, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy called his brother President John F. Kennedy and discussed plans for removing US missiles from Turkey as a peace offering to the Soviets. On hearing the news from the Attorney General soon after that conversation, Ambassador Antoly Dobrynin of the Soviets agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba and the US followed suit, removing their weapons in Turkey a couple of days later.

The Moon Landing Call

On 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed on the moon. They made history in front of millions of people back on Earth who were all glued to the television as the awe-inspiring events unfolded. President Richard M. Nixon called the astronauts from the White House to congratulate them on their achievement, making history himself at the time by taking part in the first ever interplanetary phone call. As the exchange was aired on television, it went on to become one of the most famous and well-known phone conversations of all time.

The Call that Sparked the Watergate Scandal

Security guard Franks Wills called the police after spotting signs of a break-in at the Watergate Complex in Washington in 1972. His call set in motion a political scandal so infamous, it ended in President Nixon having to resign over allegations of corruption. The foiled burglary attempt of the National Democratic Headquarters was instigated by members of Nixon’s Republican Party, who were looking for information to potentially damage the opposition’s election campaign. When the story broke, Nixon attempted to cover up the scandal from wider press attention. But thanks to other important phone calls from informant W. Mark Felt to journalist Bob Woodward at the Washington Post, Nixon could no longer deny his wrongdoing and became the first ever American President to resign from leadership.

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