1914 – The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York and San Francisco.
1925 – Station 2XAG in Schenectady, NY became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter. The station, soon known as WGY Radio, could broadcast with 50,000 watts, since it was owned by the General Electric Company — a company that knew lots about watts.
1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.
And this week in 1998 – Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. announced a $52.88 billion stock-swap deal to create the second-biggest telephone company — behind AT&T. The resulting mega-corporation would be named Verizon Communications