This Day in History: United States’ first “9-1-1” call is made


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White police car in front of a green stop light patrolling near The White House. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

James Zayatz, World News Co-Editor

On this day, 1968, Representative Rankin Fite, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, placed the call to the newly established number in Haleyville, Alabama. 1967 saw the Federal Communications Commission take strides integrate the United Kingdom’s “9-9-9” emergency call idea into the United States’ telephone systems. The actual number choice, “9-1-1,” was proposed by AT&T, the largest communication corporation of the time.


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