United States and American History: 1879

About the history of the United States in 1879, first telephone lines between cities, Vanderbilt says 'the public be damned.' the first successful Woolworth's.

1879

--The 1st telephone line connecting 2 American cities went up, and thereafter Boston and Lowell, Mass., were in communication.

--A reporter cornered William H. Vanderbilt, head of the New York Central Railroad, demanding an interview and stating that the public was waiting for one. Vanderbilt brushed past him, snapping the immortal words, "The public be demned!"

--In his 2nd effort to establish a low-priced shopping center, Frank W. Woolworth finally succeeded with a flourishing 5-and-10-cent store in Lancaster, Pa.

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