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This Day in History for June 20 – First Commercial Telephone Service and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1837 – Queen Victoria ascends to the British throne (More info)

1840 – Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph (More info)

1877 – Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service (More info)

1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother (More info)

1948 – ‘Toast of the Town,’ which later becomes ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ makes its television debut (More info)

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