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When did 911 become America's national emergency number?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and AT&T Inc. met to establish a national emergency number in 1967. Congress then legislated 911 as the national emergency calling service number. Rankin Fite, an Alabama state senator, made the first 911 call in Haleyville, Ala. on February 16, 1968, and Nome, Alaska, joined the 911 system just one week later. The White House Office of Telecommunications Policy issued a statement encouraging municipalities to join the 911 system in 1973.

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