I thought it was around that time of year when the patent was filed for the telephone! You can check my fact-checking below, but yes, Feb. 14th (1876) was the date that Alexander Graham Bell filed the patent (though he wasn’t the only person filing a patent for that invention on that day). In honor of this occasion, I’ve uploaded the Mr. Watson, Come Here Ringtone to the tone distribution site. Although I made the tone last year, I recently noticed that the Come Hither, Mr. Watson page is one of the most viewed on this blog. I just never added it to the collection (for easy distribution).
For your fact-checkin’–from the Library of Congress’s Everyday Mysteries website:
To make matters even more interesting Elisha Gray, a professor at Oberlin College, applied for a caveat of the telephone on the same day Bell applied for his patent of the telephone. In Historical First Patents: The First United States Patent for Many Everyday Things (Scarecrow Press, 1994), Travis Brown, reports that Bell got to the patent office first. The date was February 14, 1876 . He was the fifth entry of that day, while Gray was 39th. Therefore, the U.S. Patent Office awarded Bell with the first patent for a telephone, US Patent Number 174,465 rather than honor Gray’s caveat.