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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 Direct Dialing Telephone Equipment 1951 AT&T; "The Nation at Your Fingertips"

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First Long-Distance Call - Decades TV Network

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.