1876 The First Telephone is invented


1937 Britain implements its 999 emergency telephone system serving police, fire and EMS


1957 The National Association of Fire Chiefs reportedly suggests a single number for reporting fires.




Australia introduces its 000 emergency number


President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice issues its report, recommending that police departments have a single number to call, and that eventually that single number should be used nationwide


AT&T announces their designation of 911 as a universal emergency number

2 p.m., Friday,
Feb. 16, 1968

the first-ever 911 call is placed by Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite from Haleyville City Hall to U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill (Dem.) at the city’s police station. Bevill reportedly answered the phone with “Hello.”


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends that 911 be implemented nationwide.


The White House’s Office of Telecommunications issues National Policy Bulletin Number 73-1, which recognizes the benefits of 911 and encouraging its nationwide adoption.


AT&T began working on two full Enhanced 911 systems


the first Phase I system (wireless calls display caller’s phone number and address of receiving antenna tower) in the U.S.


President Clinton signs Senate Bill 800, which designates 911 as the nationwide emergency telephone number