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A copy of Europe's first book printed from movable type, the Gutenberg Bible, is completed in Mainz       
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The English admiral Robert Blake introduces a system of signalling at sea by means of flags      
US inventor Samuel Morse gives the first public demonstration, in Philadelphia, of his electric telegraph       
Rowland Hill introduces in Britain the world's first postage stamps - the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue        
Samuel Morse and his assistant Alfred Vail complete the first telegraph line, between New York and Baltimore        
US entrepreneur Cyrus W. Field succeeds in laying a telegraph cable across the Atlantic, but it fails after only a month       
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Adelaide and Darwin are linked across the entire Australian continent by the Overland Telegraph Line      
Italian US immigrant Antonio Meucci files a patent in New York for the invention of the telephone       
Alexander Graham Bell makes the first practical use of his telephone, summoning his assistant from another room with the words 'Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you.'        
Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his new invention, the telephone, at the US Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia