||Willoughby Smith discovers the photoconductivity of the element selenium. This resulted in the invention of the photoelectric cell.
||George R. Carey of Boston, Massachusetts creates a selenium telectroscope—a camera that could project a moving image to a distant point. The telectroscope was the first television prototype.
||Proposals to transmit images by rapidly scanning them in succession are made independently by William E. Sawyer of the United States and Maurice Leblanc of France.
||Paul Nipkow invents the Nipkow disk, a means of scanning an image mechanically. This method was later used for mechanical television experiments.
||Noah S. Amstutz demonstrates the transmission of photographic halftone images by electric telegraphy.
||Karl Ferdinand Braun invents the cathode ray tube, using it as an oscilloscope.
||The word "television" is coined by Constantin Perskyi on August 18 at the First International Electricity Congress in Paris, France.
||Boris Rosing transmits silhouette images of geometric shapes, using a Nipkow disc, mirror-drum, and a cathode-ray tube receiver.
||In his letter to Nature, Alan Campbell-Swinton describes the modern electronic camera and display system which others are to develop throughout the 1920s.
||Charles Francis Jenkins with a group of friends incorporates Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, D.C. with the purpose of "developing radio movies to be broadcast for entertainment in the home".
||Charles Jenkins' first public demonstration of television principles. A set of static photographic pictures was transmitted from Washington, D.C. to the Navy station NOF in Anacostia by telephone wire, and then wirelessly back to Washington.
||Philo Farnsworth first describes an image dissector tube, which uses cesium to produce images electronically, but will not produce a working model until 1927.
||Charles Jenkins first demonstrates "true" television with moving images. This time 48-line moving silhouette images are transmitted at 16 frames per second from Washington to Anacostia Navy station.
||Vladimir Zworykin applies for patent for an all-electronic television system, the first ancestor of the electric scanning television camera. The patent was not granted until 1938 after significant revisions and patent interference actions.
||John Logie Baird demonstrates a semi-mechanical television system with the transmission of moving silhouette images.
||Vladimir Zworykin files a patent application for the kinescope, a television picture receiver tube.
|August 22, 1867
||Charles Francis Jenkins
||U.S. inventor and promoter of mechanical scanning television (died 1934).
|April 23, 1869
||Russian pioneer of television technology (died 1933).
|November 22, 1875
||U.S. actress (I Love Lucy) (died 1966).
|July 21, 1882
||Dr. Herbert Ives
||U.S. television researcher, leader of the AT&T television research during the 1920s–1930s (died 1953).
|February 8, 1884
||U.S. actor (All in the Family) (died 1977).
|January 16, 1887
||U.S. actor (Adventures of Superman) (died 1958).
|February 26, 1887
||U.S. actor (I Love Lucy), (My Three Sons) (died 1966).
|August 14, 1888
||John Logie Baird
||British pioneer of television technology (d. 1946).
|July 20, 1889
||John Reith, 1st Baron Reith
||First Director-General of the BBC (d. 1971).
|July 30, 1889
||U.S. pioneer of television technology (died 1982).
|January 26, 1892
||U.S. actress (The Jeffersons) (died 1978).
|February 11, 1894
||U.S. actor (The Jack Benny Program) (died 1974).
|August 21, 1895
||U.S. actress (The Addams Family) (died 1978).
|October 4, 1900
||U.S. actor (Adventures of Superman) (died 1992).
|December 6, 1900
||U.S. actress (Bewitched) (died 1974).
|March 27, 1901
||U.S. animator (creator of Scrooge McDuck) (died 2000).
|July 1, 1901
||U.S. writer (creator of early soap opera) (died 1973).
|July 14, 1901
||U.S. actor (Bewitched) (died 1980).
|October 17, 1902
||U.S. actress (The Beverly Hillbillies) (died 1973).
|December 25, 1902
||U.S. actor (I Dream of Jeannie) (died 1969).
|May 29, 1903
||British-American movie, television, radio, and vaudeville actor, writer, and producer (Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre) (died 2003).
|June 17, 1904
||U.S. stage, movie, and television actor (Man Against Crime) (died 1991).
|January 26, 1905
||U.S. actor (Petticoat Junction). (died 2007)
|September 18, 1905
||U.S. actor (The Jack Benny Program) (died 1977).
|February 20, 1906
||U.S. actor (The Lucy Show) (died 1995).
|April 4, 1906
||U.S. actress (The Flintstones) (died 1968).
|April 4, 1906
||John Cameron Swayze
||U.S. anchorman (Camel News Caravan) (died 1995).
|April 22, 1906
||U.S. actor (Green Acres, Switch) (died 2005).
|August 19, 1906
||U.S. inventor credited with the invention of the cathode ray tube television (d. 1971).
|February 12, 1907
||U.S. actor (Dennis the Menace) (died 1962).
|May 22, 1907
||British broadcasting executive; controller of BBC Television from 1950 to 1957 (d. 1963).
|January 8, 1908
||British actor; the original star of Doctor Who in the 1960s (died 1975).
|February 28, 1908
||U.S. radio, film, television, and vaudeville actress (Dear John) (died 2002).
|April 2, 1908
||U.S. actor (The Beverly Hillbillies) (died 2003).
|April 30, 1908
||U.S. actress (Our Miss Brooks) (died 1990).
|July 12, 1908
||U.S. actor (Texaco Star Theater) (died 2002).
|December 14, 1908
||U.S. actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show). (died 1996)
|July 26, 1909
||U.S. actress (I Love Lucy) (died 1979).
|May 15, 1910
||British television producer and executive; Head of Drama at BBC television from 1952 to 1962 (died 1988).
|May 22, 1910
||U.S. radio and television announcer (The New Price Is Right) (died 1985).
|October 23, 1910
||U.S. actor (I Dream of Jeannie) (died 1987).
|February 6, 1911
||U.S. actor and president (General Electric Theater) (died 2004).
|March 13, 1911
||U.S. television personality (The Fruitcake Lady from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno). (died 2006)
|July 7, 1911
||British actress (EastEnders) (died 2005).
|August 6, 1911
||U.S. actress (I Love Lucy) (died 1989).
|October 23, 1911
||U.S. broadcast journalist (Meet the Press) (died 1999).
|December 10, 1911
||U.S. anchorman (The Huntley-Brinkley Report) (died 1974).
|January 7, 1912
||U.S. cartoonist (created The Addams Family) (died 1988).
|November 23, 1912
||U.S. film and voice actor (voice of George Jetson on The Jetsons (died 1989).
|January 28, 1913
||U.S. actor (The Phil Silvers Show) (died 1964).
|February 25, 1913
||U.S. actor (Gilligan's Island, Mr. Magoo) (died 1989).
|May 13, 1913
||British presenter; one of the very first BBC Television Service presenters of the 1930s (died 1991).
|May 25, 1913
||British journalist (BBC), commentator on state events, and presenter of current affairs programmes such as Panorama (died 1965).
|July 13, 1913
||U.S. journalist (The Today Show (died 1982).
|January 5, 1914
||U.S. actor (Adventures of Superman) (died 1959).
|March 15, 1914
||Joe E. Ross
||U.S. actor (The Phil Silvers Show, Car 54, Where Are You?) (died 1982).
|May 12, 1914
||Howard K. Smith
||U.S. anchorman (ABC Evening News) (died 2002).
|September 18, 1914
||U.S. actor (The Fugitive) (died 2001).
|October 26, 1914
||U.S. actor (The Addams Family) (died 1984).
|October 30, 1914
||U.K. actress (EastEnders) (died 2013).
|December 2, 1914
||U.S. actor (My Favorite Martian, Fast Times) (died 2001).
|January 31, 1915
||U.S. game series host and television personality (I've Got a Secret). (died 1993)
|February 1, 1915
||U.S. actor (Dragnet 1967, Adam-12). (died 2011)
|February 12, 1915
||U.S. actor (Bonanza). (died 1987)
|April 10, 1915
||U.S. actor (Dragnet, M*A*S*H) (died 2011).
|September 12, 1915
||U.S. journalist (The Today Show) (died 1974).
|February 14, 1916
||U.S. actor (Get Smart) (died 1974)
|March 6, 1916
||U.S. actress (Calvin and the Colonel, Dragnet) (died 1986)
|March 31, 1916
||U.S. actress (The Smurfs, Invader ZIM) (died 2012)
|April 4, 1916
||U.S. actor (Bewitched) (died 1990)
|April 26, 1916
||American voice actor (The Outer Limits, Hanna-Barbera cartoons) (died 1989)
|May 14, 1916
||American actor (Life with Elizabeth, Bachelor Father, Dragnet 1967) (died 1970)
|July 11, 1916
||English comedy actor (The Rag Trade, On the Buses) (died 2008)
|July 23, 1916
||U.S. actress (Bewitched) (died 1999)
|August 24, 1916
||U.S. actor (The Andy Griffith Show) (died 1994)
|November 4, 1916
||U.S. anchorman (CBS Evening News) (died 2009)
|March 2, 1917
||Cuban-born performer (I Love Lucy) (died 1986)
|March 30, 1917
||U.S. actor (Dennis the Menace) (died 1994)
|April 2, 1917
||U.S. actor (The Fugitive) (died 2007)
|May 16, 1917
||Finnish-born U.S. actor (Punky Brewster, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd) (died 2016)
|May 21, 1917
||Canadian actor (Perry Mason, Ironside) (died 1993)
|July 14, 1917
||U.S. anchorman (CBS Evening News) (died 1990)
|September 4, 1919
||U.S. actor (The Andy Griffith Show) (died 2005)
|September 4, 1917
||British actress (Maid Marian and her Merry Men) (died 2006)
|October 16, 1917
||U.S. actress (Bewitched) (died 1966)
|October 28, 1917
||Japanese-American actor (Barney Miller) (died 1979)
|December 22, 1917
||U.S. television personality (Match Game, The Tonight Show) (died 1999)
|February 15, 1918
||U.S. actor (M*A*S*H) (died 2013)
|February 22, 1918
||U.S. television announcer (Saturday Night Live) (died 2014)
|May 1, 1918
||U.S. television personality (The Tonight Show) (died 2004)
|May 9, 1918
||U.S. anchorman (60 Minutes) (died 2012)
|July 26, 1918
||U.S. actor (Dragnet, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) (died 1973)
|November 4, 1918
||U.S. actor (The Honeymooners) (died 2003)
|December 2, 1918
||U.S. bandleader and composer (The Bill Cullen Show, Broadway Open House, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) (died 2015)
|January 13, 1919
||U.S. actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries) (died 2003)
|February 11, 1919
||Hungarian actress (Green Acres) (died 1995)
|May 4, 1919
||U.S. meteorologist (The Weather Channel), named Hurricane Camille for his daughter (died 2002)
|October 14, 1919
||British writer, director, and producer; longest-serving Head of Drama at BBC Television (died 2004)
|November 19, 1919
||English-born U.S. actor (Mister Ed) (died 2016)
|December 11, 1919
||English broadcast presenter (died 2016).
|February 18, 1920
||U.S. game series host (The Price Is Right, Blockbusters) (died 1990)
|February 26, 1920
||U.S. actor (The Odd Couple) (died 2004)
|July 10, 1920
||U.S. anchorman (The Huntley-Brinkley Report) (died 2003)
|July 18, 1920
||U.S. actor (Gimme a Break!, Another World) (died 1985)
|November 25, 1920
||U.S. actress (Adventures of Superman) (died 2016)
|January 15, 1921
||British actor (Are You Being Served?) (died 2013)
|February 24, 1921
||U.S. actor (Barney Miller) (died 2016)
|May 14, 1921
||U.S. actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It to Beaver) (died 1984)
|August 8, 1921
||U.S. producer, director, and writer (Bewitched) (died 2012)
|October 17, 1921
||U.S. actor (Newhart) (died 2007)
|November 14, 1921
||U.S. actor (died 1997)
|November 22, 1921
||U.S. comedian and actor (The Dean Martin Show) (died 2004)
|December 11, 1921
||English character actress (The Royle Family) (died 2016)
|December 26, 1921
||U.S. television personality (The Tonight Show) (died 2000)
|January 17, 1922
||U.S. actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls)
|January 21, 1922
||U.S. actor (Kojak) (died 1994)
|January 30, 1922
||U.S. comedian (Laugh-In) (died 2008)
|February 24, 1922
||U.S. actor (Law & Order, Mission: Impossible) (died 2016)
|February 18, 1922
||U.S. actor (Magilla Gorilla, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family) (died 2008)
|March 5, 1922
||U.S. actor (Benson) (died 2016)
|March 20, 1922
||U.S. actor, writer, director, and producer (Your Show of Shows, The Dick Van Dyke Show)
|April 5, 1922
||British actor (Mr. Belvedere) (died 2001)
|April 5, 1922
||U.S. actress (My Little Margie) (died 2009)
|April 27, 1922
||U.S. actor (The Odd Couple, Quincy) (died 2012)
|May 7, 1922
||U.S. actor (Kolchak: The Night Stalker) (died 2006)
|May 10, 1922
||U.S. actress (Rhoda, Bounty paper towel commercials) (died 1992)
|May 18, 1922
||U.S. actor (Maude).
|May 22, 1922
||U.S. producer (The Fugitive, The F.B.I., The Streets of San Francisco) (died 1987)
|July 21, 1922
||British actress (Are You Being Served?) (died 2009)
|July 22, 1922
||U.S. comedian (Laugh-In) (died 1987)
|July 27, 1922
||U.S. producer (All in the Family, Sanford and Son and many others)
|August 1, 1922
||Canadian-born actor (died 2006)
|September 1, 1922
||Yvonne De Carlo
||U.S. actress (The Munsters) (died 2007)
|October 9, 1922
||U.S. stage and television actor (Boston Public). (died 2016)
|October 31, 1922
||Barbara Bel Geddes
||U.S. actress (Dallas) (died 2005)
|November 13, 1922
||U.S. game show host and announcer (died 2008)
|December 9, 1922
||U.S. comedian (Sanford and Son) (died 1991)
|December 20, 1922
||U.S. actress (The Guiding Light) (died 1985)
|January 8, 1923
||U.S. actor (F-Troop)
|January 19, 1923
||U.S. actress (All in the Family) (died 2013)
|January 23, 1923
||U.S. actress (St. Elsewhere, Night Court) (died 1986)
|February 4, 1923
||Canadian-born U.S. actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes) (died 2013)
|April 4, 1923
||British character actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones) (died 2016)
|April 13, 1923
||U.S. actor (Get Smart, Inspector Gadget) (died 2005)
|April 22, 1923
||U.S. movie and television producer (Beverly Hills, 90210) (died 2006)
|April 30, 1923
||U.S. actor (The Munsters) (died 2006)
|May 13, 1923
||U.S. actress (Maude, The Golden Girls) (died 2009)
|July 25, 1923
||U.S. actress (The Golden Girls) (died 2008)
|August 15, 1923
||U.S. actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show)
|September 20, 1923
||English scriptwriter (Dad's Army) (died 2016)
|September 28, 1923
||U.S. actor (Murder, She Wrote) (died 2012)
|December 12, 1923
||U.S. game series presenter (The New Price Is Right)
|January 19, 1924
||U.S. actor and director (Cheers) (died 1985)
|March 3, 1924
||English actor (died 2006)
|May 1, 1924
||U.S. stage, radio, and television personality (Jeopardy!) (died 1995)
|May 12, 1924
||English comic performer (Hancock's Half Hour) (suicide 1968)
|June 26, 1924
||U.S. movie and television actor (Little House on the Prairie) (died 2014)
|July 11, 1924
||Canadian-born U.S. actress and comedian (The Odd Couple, Match Game '73) (died 2007)
|July 21, 1924
||U.S. actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company) (died 2006)
|August 2, 1924
||U.S. actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night) (died 2001)
|November 18, 1924
||Canadian actor (You Can't Do That On Television) (died 2009)