1968

George Heilmeier at RCA helps revolutionize consumer products by using liquid crystals to display images.

The liquid crystal displays – or LCDs – are used in clocks, watches and eventually computer monitors and flat-screen TVs.

On February 16, the first emergency 911 call is placed in Haleyville, Alabama.

The Federal Communications Commission and AT&T had already announced a plan for the nationwide number; the independent Alabama Telephone Co. beat them to it.