1929 in television

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The year 1929 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1929.

Global television events[edit]

Month Day Event
June 27 Herbert Ives and his colleagues at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York City demonstrate color mechanical television (this was first achieved by John Logie Baird the previous year). The 50-line color images are of a bouquet of roses and an American flag. The images are transmitted between New York and Washington, DC.
August 20 First transmissions of Baird's 30-line television system by the BBC.[1]
25 Westinghouse station KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania begins broadcasting movies on a daily basis, 60 lines per picture, 16 pictures per second.


Month Day Name Occupation/Accolades
April 28 Carolyn Jones U.S. actress (Morticia in The Addams Family) (d. 1983)
September 05 Bob Newhart U.S. comedian and actor, The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart
25 Ronnie Barker British comedian, half of The Two Ronnies (d. 2005)
November 27 Alan Simpson British comedy scriptwriter (d. 2017)
December 31 David Nixon British magic and television personality (d. 1978)


  1. ^ The Hutchinson Factfinder. Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1.