(Dover, NH) - I was really surprised to learn that the 3-digit Public Safety phone number started in 1968.

Don Briand photo
Don Briand photo

Before 1968, if you wanted help you dialed "O" for the operator, and more than likely got a busy signal. And when I say "dial", I mean using one of these antiques.
(Yes, I still have one in my home....and it works!)

In 1967, the government (FCC) turned to AT&T to help solve the problem, and they identified the unique number, short and simple, that would be answered 24/7, 365 days a year.

Congress approved, and  9-1-1 became the universal emergency code for the country.

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