AT&T in History

Historical Events

  • 1885-03-03 American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates
  • 1922-07-25 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)
  • 1922-08-16 AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
  • 1923-07-01 1st permanent radio network-AT&T (WEAF NY & WMAF Mass)
  • 1926-11-15 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • 1926-11-15 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (NYC)
  • 1931-11-20 Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T)
  • 1951-05-15 AT&T becomes the 1st US corporation to have a million stockholders after young car salesman Brady Denton purchases 7 shares worth $1,078
  • 1974-11-20 The US files antitrust suit to break-up AT&T
  • 1982-01-08 AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
  • 1982-02-28 AT&T looses a record $7 BILLION for the fiscal year ending on this day
  • 1983-08-07 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • 1984-01-01 AT&T's 22 owned Bell system companies divests into 8 companies
  • 1989-01-26 AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
  • 1989-04-26 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • 1990-01-15 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • 1991-01-04 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • 1992-01-07 AT&T releases video-telephone ($1,499)
  • 2000-04-11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 2007-07-10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • 2016-10-22 AT&T buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion

Famous Birthdays


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1923-09-09 Cliff Robertson, American actor (Charly) and spokesman for AT&T, born in La Jolla, California (d. 2011)