In 1847 someone who's name is world known for being the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell was born.
In 1849 voice was transmitted over a wire for the first time in history, and in 1956 the first electromagnetic telephone was born.
But wait... if AGB was only 9 years old in 1956, and he is not credited with inventing the telephone until 1876 then what is going on here? I will tell you what is going on, the greatest fraud ever perpetrated. Alexander Graham Bell did NOT invent the telephone. That honor goes to Antonio Meucci, an Italian american inventor, in Staten Island, NY.
If Meucci invented the phone, then why is he not credited with it in history? Well that is an excellent question. First off he only filed a patent caveat, and not a patent application. He did not see much commercial demand for such an invention, and had limited funds so he allowed the caveat to lapse.
Once the patent caveat lapsed TWO gentlemen filed for a telephone patent on the SAME DAY of 1876, one Alexander Graham Bell and one Elisha Gray. Mr. Gray's patent application as presented was technically sound, however Mr. Bell's application would not have worked as originally filed. The patent clerk who received both applications allowed Mr. Bell's attorney to review Mr. Gray's application and make amendments to Mr. Bells application.
What followed was a long drawn out lawsuit involving Gray, Meucci, and several others against Mr.Bell's claim to the patent. Eventually Bell won the rights to the patent, however this does not equate to him being the rightful "inventor" of the telephone, because it had been invented and demonstrated many times prior to him even attempting to perpetrate this fraud.
Although it does not sit on the same land when it was occupied by him, Antonio Meucci's home is now a museum located in Staten Island NY. I recommend that if you are able to, stop by and check out the REAL history of the telephone. http://pub1.andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=garibaldi-meucci-museum