On This Day In Tech History - February 16

Hello again everyone! Welcome to the second installation in this series. We are going to talk about some pretty cool things today so let's get right into it shall we?!

A switchboard operator connecting a call

On this day in 1968: The very first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system was established. At

that time, you could not reach emergency services without the aid of a switchboard operator. Fun fact - Did you know that dialing 1-1-2 from a GSM network phone will automagically connect you to the local emergency services wherever you are in the world?!

On this day in 1978: The first computer BBS is created and tested in Chicago. A BBS, or bulletin board system, is a computer (or application in modern times) dedicated to sharing and exchanging messages on a network. Originally, it was designed to be the virtual cousin of the bulletin boards found in kitchens and break rooms in the office. The BBS is widely considered the beginning of email as we know it today. Fun fact - While modern internet has turned BBS into a relic in 1st world countries, BBS is still quite common in areas of the world with less established internet access.