Even though it was quite expensive this was the first day in 1951 telephone users could dial long distance for themselves without operator assistance.
Here's something else today's smartphone kids never heard either
We've come a long way since then. No longer do most of us even think about toll charges. The excruciating sounds of dialup internet. I'm not even sure if someone can still use old rotary pulse phones to wander through the menu options when contacting companies. These are all things we take for granted yet for many born only a few short years ago it seems like ancient history to them.
if you're one who remembers these your officially an old fart!