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before 1930 [ edit ]
: The word "television" is coined by 1900 Constantin Perskyi at the First International Electricity Congress in Paris.
: 1907 Boris Rosing transmits silhouette images of geometric shapes, using a Nipkow disc, mirror-drum, and a cathode-ray tube receiver.
: In a letter to 1908 , Nature A.A. Campbell-Swinton describes the modern electronic camera and display system which others are to develop throughout the 1920s.
: 1923 Vladimir Zworykin patents the "iconoscope", the first ancestor of the electric scanning television camera.
: On October 2, 1925 John Logie Baird achieves transmission and remote display of the first television pictures in his laboratory.
: On January 26, Baird gives the first public demonstration of mechanical television to members of the 1926 Royal Institution. This is generally regarded as the world's first public demonstration of a true television set.
: Baird demonstrates the first ever system for recording television. His 1927 Phonovision system records pictures and sound on conventional 78rpm gramophone records. On January 1 British Broadcasting Corporation received Royal Charter. NBC is founded.
: Baird demonstrates a mechanical colour television system. On May 28, the first television station, W2XB (forerunner to 1928 WRGB), begins broadcasting mechanical television in Schenectady, New York. Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) is founded.
: In September, the Baird Television Development Company begins experimental broadcasting in association with the BBC. 1929
: Baird installs a television at 1930 10 Downing Street, London, the British Prime Minister's residence. On July 14, Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald and his family use it to watch the first ever television drama, . The Man With the Flower in His Mouth
: First 1941 television advertisements aired
: FCC terminates all American television broadcasting because of the war; DuMont petitions FCC to resume broadcasting and receives approval 1942
: 1943 is the first complete Hänsel und Gretel opera to be broadcast on television
: 1944 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) formed
: 1945 National Broadcasting Company (NBC) begins the first regularly scheduled television network service in the United States
: 1946 RCA demonstrates all-electronic color television system
: First broadcast of 1947 , which becomes a hit in children's television, and Howdy Doody , which becomes, as of 2014, the longest-running show on television; the Meet the Press World Series is broadcast live for the first time
: First broadcast of 1948 . The Ed Sullivan Show , starring Texaco Star Theater Milton Berle, becomes television's first hit show in prime time; legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini, at the age of eighty-one, conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra on television for the first time, in a concert of music by Richard Wagner; Verdi's becomes the first opera telecast live from the stage of the Otello Metropolitan Opera House. Lasting more than three hours including the intermissions, it is the longest opera telecast up to that time
: First broadcast of 1949 and Come Dancing ; the Mama first Emmy Awards are given
: First broadcast of 1950 , Broadway Open House , Your Show of Shows and Sua vida me pertence ; What's My Line? Cuba is the first Caribbean country to receive TV; Mexico is the second North American country to receive TV; Nielsen Media Research begins to provide television ratings data.
: First broadcast of live United States transcontinental television takes place in San Francisco, California from the 1951 Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. First broadcast of I Love Lucy, , See It Now , and the first opera written for television, Dragnet , which will be broadcast annually for the next fifteen years Amahl and the Night Visitors
: First broadcast of 1952 (NBC), and Today ; Flower Pot Men and Hockey Night in Canada move from radio to TV The Guiding Light
: First broadcast of 1953 ; the Panorama coronation of Elizabeth II is the first of its kind to be broadcast on television; the first U.S. telecast of takes place Hamlet
: First broadcast of 1954 , Walt Disney's The Tonight Show television show begins airing on ABC in black-and-white, though many of the programs are made in color, ; Face the Nation NTSC video standard for color television is introduced, and National Educational Television (NET), the ancestor of PBS, is launched
: First broadcast of 1955 , The Honeymooners and Alfred Hitchcock Presents ; Gunsmoke ITV launches in the UK; the first broadcast of the 1954 Broadway musical becomes the highest rated television program up to then Peter Pan
: First broadcast of 1956 , The Edge of Night , As the World Turns , The Price is Right , the Playhouse 90 Eurovision Song Contest, and the 1939 theatrical film Hancock's Half Hour The Wizard of Oz
: First broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1957 , Cinderella , Leave It to Beaver and Senda prohibida ; Carosello Brazil is the first South American country to receive TV
: First broadcast of 1958 , Blue Peter , Quatermass and the Pit and The Donna Reed Show ; the Moonlight Mask quiz show scandals wipe out and The $64,000 Question ; the Twenty One New York Philharmonic , with Young People's Concerts Leonard Bernstein, begin to air on television. Three or four Young People's Concerts a year are given for the next fourteen years, becoming television's first long-running educational series on classical music
: First broadcast of 1959 , The Twilight Zone , Rocky and His Friends and The Untouchables , Bonanza The Wizard of Oz is rebroadcast for the first time since 1956 and its annual telecasts begin; moves from radio to TV The Bell Telephone Hour
: First broadcast of 1960 , The Andy Griffith Show , The Flintstones and The Dick Van Dyke Show ; Coronation Street American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate live on television
: First broadcast of 1961 , The Avengers and The Defenders ; The Morecambe and Wise Show Walt Disney moves his television anthology from ABC to NBC and begins broadcasting in color, the launching of the first American into outer space is covered
: First broadcast of 1962 , The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , Steptoe and Son , The Jetsons , University Challenge , Elgar , That Was The Week That Was (Ireland) and The Late Late Show ; Sábado Gigante ABC broadcasts their first series in color; first satellite television relayed by Telstar
: First broadcast of 1963 , General Hospital , The Fugitive and The Outer Limits ; wall-to-wall four day news coverage of President Kennedy's assassination, the trip to the Capitol Rotunda, the murder of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and the funeral of President Kennedy Doctor Who
: First broadcast of 1964 , Gilligan's Island , The Munsters , Bewitched , Top of the Pops , Match of the Day and Jeopardy! . the Up series BBC 2 commences broadcasting in the UK. Its first night of transmission is curtailed by a massive power failure.
: First broadcast of 1965 , Days of our Lives , Get Smart , Hogan's Heroes , Till Death Us Do Part , Des chiffres et des lettres , Tomorrow's World , Top of the Pops and The Magic Roundabout ; CBS begins broadcasting in color on a regular basis; The War Game Nigeria is the first African country to receive TV
: First broadcast of 1966 , Star Trek , Batman , The Monkees Ultra Series, and Cathy Come Home Mission: Impossible
: First broadcast of 1967 , The Carol Burnett Show , The Prisoner , The Phil Donahue Show ; Ambassador Magma PAL and SECAM colour standards introduced in Europe, with BBC2 making their first colour broadcasts; local Atlanta TV station WJWJ, which starts out that year as a small, independent station on UHF, is eventually bought by the then little-known Ted Turner. It will be rechristened WTCG-TV and finally, in 1979, WTBS. Ted Turner will become one of the world's best-known media figures and will be responsible for Turner Network Television and Turner Classic Movies.
: First broadcast of 1968 , 60 Minutes , One Life to Live , Dad's Army , Columbo , Elvis , Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Hawaii Five-O Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
: First broadcast of 1969 , Sesame Street , On the Buses , The Brady Bunch and Nu, pogodi! ; Monty Python's Flying Circus Apollo 11 Moon landing broadcast live worldwide; completion of Fernsehturm Berlin
: First broadcast of 1970 , The Mary Tyler Moore Show , Monday Night Football ; All My Children PBS is launched, replacing NET
: First broadcast of 1971 , All in the Family , Kamen Rider , The Old Grey Whistle Test , Chespirito ; the 1959 Parkinson is broadcast uncut in one evening by CBS, over five hours of prime time; this marks its first telecast Ben-Hur
: First broadcast of 1972 , M*A*S*H , Emmerdale , Mastermind , and El Chavo The Bob Newhart Show
: First broadcast of 1973 , The Ascent of Man , Moonbase 3 , The Young and the Restless , An American Family , Ein Herz und eine Seele , Seventeen Moments of Spring and Last of the Summer Wine ; large-screen projection color TVs hit the market in the USA The World at War
: First broadcast of 1974 , Chico and the Man , Derrick , Happy Days , Little House on the Prairie , Police Woman , Porridge , Rhoda , Good Times , and The Rockford Files Tiswas
: First broadcast of 1975 , Baretta , Barney Miller , Fawlty Towers , Good Morning America , One Day at a Time , Saturday Night Live , Super Sentai , Space: 1999 , The Jeffersons , The Naked Civil Servant , Welcome Back, Kotter , Wheel of Fortune ; Wonder Woman Sony introduces the Betamax home video tape recorder
: First broadcast of 1976 , I, Claudius , Loriot , Austin City Limits , Family Feud and Laverne and Shirley ; Nuts in May Video Home System; is telecast for the first time over two nights; Gone With the Wind video tape recorders go on sale; completion of CN Tower
: First broadcast of 1977 , Abigail's Party , CHiPs , Eight Is Enough , ¿Qué Pasa, USA? , Soap , Lou Grant , The Love Boat , and Three's Company Top Gear
: First broadcast of 1978 , An Ordinary Miracle , Abarembo Shogun , Battlestar Galactica , Dallas , Diff'rent Strokes , Fantasy Island , Grange Hill , Matador , Mork & Mindy , Pennies from Heaven , and Taxi ; beginning in 1978 and continuing over the next seven years, 20/20 PBS begins broadcasting , a series featuring all of BBC Shakespeare Shakespeare's plays, many of them nearly complete
: First broadcast of 1979 , Benson , Blue Remembered Hills , Buck Rogers in the 25th Century , CBS News Sunday Morning , Hart to Hart , Knots Landing , Life on Earth , Los Ricos También Lloran , Real People , The Dukes of Hazzard , The Facts of Life , The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed , The Very Same Munchhausen , and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ; Trapper John, M.D. ESPN and Nickelodeon launched
: First broadcast of 1980 , Berlin Alexanderplatz , Magnum PI , Nightline and Strumpet City ; Yes Minister Cable News Network launched
: First broadcast of 1981 , The Smurfs , Hill Street Blues , Dynasty and Only Fools and Horses ; Brideshead Revisited MTV launched
: First broadcast of 1982 , Cheers , Family Ties , Brookside , The Mysterious Cities of Gold , Chiquilladas , Boys from the Blackstuff and Newhart ; St. Elsewhere Channel 4 launches in the UK; The Weather Channel launched
: First broadcast of 1983 , The A-Team , Oshin , Auf Wiedersehen, Pet , An Englishman Abroad and Blackadder ; Terrahawks Disney Channel launched
: First broadcast of 1984 , Murder, She Wrote , Miami Vice , The Cosby Show , Who's The Boss? , Night Court , Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends , La piovra and Heimat ; The Jewel in the Crown A&E launched
: First broadcast of 1985 , MacGyver , Edge of Darkness , EastEnders , and The Golden Girls ; the WWF Saturday Night's Main Event Discovery Channel is established
: First broadcast of 1986 , The Oprah Winfrey Show , Double Dare , Dragon Ball , Vasko de Gama from Rupcha Village , Casualty Matlock, , Saint Seiya and The Singing Detective ; the Pingu Fox Broadcasting Company is launched, Perfect Strangers (TV series)
: First broadcast of 1987 , Full House , Thirtysomething , Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Ramayan , Inspector Morse , The Bold and The Beautiful and Married... with Children , Star Trek: The Next Generation 21 Jump Street (TV series)
: First broadcast of 1988 , Roseanne , Mystery Science Theater 3000 In the Heat of the Night, , Murphy Brown , Yo! MTV Raps and America's Most Wanted ; Mahabharat TNT (Turner Network Television) is launched
: First broadcast of 1989 , Baywatch , Seinfeld , Saved By The Bell , American Gladiators , Dekalog , Wallace and Gromit , Hey Dude , America's Funniest Home Videos , Quantum Leap , Saved by the Bell , COPS , Shining Time Station , Family Matters , The Simpsons , Captain N: The Game Master ; The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! CNBC and Eurosport launched and TUGS
: First broadcast of 1990 , Beverly Hills, 90210 , In Living Color , The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , Wings , Law & Order , Tiny Toon Adventures , Twin Peaks , Bobby's World and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Northern Exposure
: First broadcast of 1991 , Home Improvement , Super Mario World , Nummer 28 , The Julekalender , Æon Flux , Doug and Rugrats Ren and Stimpy
: First broadcast of 1992 , The Larry Sanders Show , Mad About You , Batman: The Animated Series , Martin , Cha Cha Cha , Sailor Moon , Melrose Place and X-Men: The Animated Series ; Absolutely Fabulous Cartoon Network launched
: First broadcast of the 1993 , Late Show with David Letterman , Animaniacs , Beavis and Butt-head , Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , WWF Monday Night Raw , Cracker , The X-Files , seaQuest DSV , The Nanny , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog Frasier
: First broadcast of 1994 , Friends , The Kingdom , Spider-Man: The Animated Series , The Tick , ER and All That ; Gullah Gullah Island Turner Classic Movies, the first Turner-owned channel to show films uncut and without commercials, is launched
: First broadcast of 1995 , Father Ted , NileCity 105,6 and Star Trek: Voyager ; Neon Genesis Evangelion O. J. Simpson murder trial televised; The History Channel launched
: First broadcast of 1996 , Jamais deux sans toi...t , Percy tårar , Detective Conan , 3rd Rock from the Sun , Kenan & Kel , Blues Clues , Dexter's Laboratory , Hey Arnold , Everybody Loves Raymond and The Daily Show ; first Our Friends in the North high-definition television broadcasts; Al Jazeera launched; first DVDs and DVD players go on sale
: First broadcast of 1997 , Pokémon , Fóstbræður , Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Un gars, une fille , King of the Hill , South Park , Teletubbies , Alles Kan Beter , Daria , The Angry Beavers , and Johnny Bravo I'm Alan Partridge
: First broadcast of 1998 , Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? , Will & Grace , Charmed , The Powerpuff Girls , Cowboy Bebop , That '70s Show , Sex and the City and The Royle Family The King of Queens
: First broadcast of 1999 , The Sopranos , SpongeBob SquarePants , Futurama , The West Wing , Digimon: Digital Monsters , The Amanda Show (Netherlands), Big Brother , Yo soy Betty, la fea , Freaks and Geeks , One Piece , Trick , Ed, Edd n Eddy , Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Sonic Underground in America; Family Guy Bhutan is the last country on Earth to begin regular broadcasts; first digital video recorders released by TiVo
: First broadcast of 2000 , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , InuYasha , Summer Snow , Curb Your Enthusiasm , Survivor , Jackass and Dora The Explorer A Town Called Panic
: First broadcast of 2001 , 24 , Scrubs , Band of Brothers , O Clone , The Secret Life of Us , The Legend of Condor Hero , The Fairly Odd Parents , The Office and Yu-Gi-Oh! Six Feet Under
: First broadcast of 2002 , American Idol , City of Men , Madventures , Firefly , 100 Greatest Britons , Winter Sonata , Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and The Wire Naruto
: First broadcast of 2003 , Two and a Half Men , That's So Raven , Fullmetal Alchemist , Dae Jang Geum , NCIS , All In , Peep Show , Arrested Development , and Los Serrano Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
: First broadcast of 2004 , Bleach , Desperate Housewives , ¡Anita, no te rajes! , Battlestar Galactica , Hassan and Habibah , Full House , Drake & Josh , Super Girl , House and Lost ; The X Factor Euro1080 launches the first high-definition television broadcast
: First broadcast of 2005 , It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia , Grey's Anatomy , Spiral , Noghtechin , Dancing with the Stars , The Closer , Bones , American Dad , How I Met Your Mother , Criminal Minds , Deal or No Deal , The Suite Life of Zack & Cody , Supernatural , My Lovely Sam Soon , Jayezeye Bozorg and Sto Para Pente Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf
: First broadcast of 2006 , Türkisch für Anfänger , Planet Earth , Jumong , Heroes , Dexter , Princess Hours and Code Geass ; the 30 Rock Netherlands is the first country to move to digital television; France 24 launched; HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc launched
: First broadcast of 2007 , The Big Bang Theory , Gurren Lagann , The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince , Gossip Girl , iCarly , Wizards of Waverly Place , Golden Bride and The Killing ; a Mad Men writers' strike shuts down US scripted programming in November
: First broadcast of 2008 , Breaking Bad , Sons of Anarchy , Total Drama , Vampire Knight , Generation Kill , Underbelly , El Cartel , Wipeout , Phineas and Ferb , The Suite Life on Deck , Fringe and The Inbetweeners ; first Radio Arvyla 3D TV broadcasts
: First broadcast of 2009 , Pawn Stars , Tosh.0 , Castle , Modern Family , NCIS: Los Angeles , The Good Wife , Parenthood , Cougar Town , The Middle , and Glee Misfits
: First broadcast of 2010 , Adventure Time , Glass Home , Borgen , Sherlock , Hawaii Five-0 , Solsidan , My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic , Boardwalk Empire , Mike & Molly , Team Umizoomi , Regular Show and The Walking Dead The Voice of Holland
: First broadcast of 2011 , Game of Thrones , Switched at Birth , American Horror Story , 2 Broke Girls , Homeland and Once Upon a Time The Amazing World of Gumball
: First broadcast of 2012 , Duck Dynasty , Girls , and Scandal ; Call the Midwife Super Bowl XLVI becomes the most-watched program in the history of American television, with an average of 111.3 million viewers
: First broadcast of 2013 , The Blacklist , The Following , House of Cards , Bates Motel , and Under the Dome Sleepy Hollow
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