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11/11/1951 The first direct dial long-distance telephone call in North America

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First Long-Distance Call - Decades TV Network

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AT&T Archives: Dialing the Nation

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Direct Distance Dialing

The first direct-dial long-distance telephone call was placed from Mayor M. Leslie Denning of New Jersey to Mayor Frank Osborne of California via At&T's Bell System. The 10 digit call was connected within 18 seconds.
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