In the '60s, your "wrong number" was likely the phone company's errorRobert Sorokanich9/13/14 12:56pm364EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalink Dial a phone number. Instead of the person you're trying to reach, a stranger picks up. After a moment of confusion, you blurt out "sorry, wrong number," and hang up. Was it your fault? In 1960s America, it might have been the phone company's error, but AT&T was happy to let you blame yourself.