Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Timeline of TV History

Most people think that television was basically unknown until the 1940s. While the general public didn�t become aware of it until then, it has been around a whole lot longer. Here is a general timeline of TV history from 1919 until 1960:

Timeline of TV history from 1919 to 1929
� 1999 -- RCA radio corporation was started 1923 -- Vladimir Zworkin patents the Inconoscope television tube.
� 1925 -- The first moving pictures were transmitted in Washington, D.C.
� 1926 -- The Federal Radio Commission (later the FCC) was created by Congress
� 1926 -- The National Broadcasting Company was started
� 1927 -- The first intercity television broadcast takes place.
� 1928 -- The first television image is sent from the United States to Europe.
� 1928 -- The first television image of a remote event is broadcast.
� 1929 -- The first color television images are demonstrated to the public at the New York world�s fair.

Timeline of TV history from 1930 to 1939
� 1930 -- The first closed circuit television image is shown on a movie screen.
� 1938 -- NBC operates a mobile television van in New York.
� 1939 -- RCA provides television coverage of the opening of the New York World's Fair.
� 1939 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers are the first major league baseball team to be televised.

Timeline of TV history from 1940 to 1949
� 1940 -- The Republican National Convention is broadcast for the first time in Philadelphia, PA
� 1941 -- The first television commercial was aired for Boluva watches
� 1945 -- Nine commercial TV stations operate in the United States.
� 1946 -- The first network soap opera Faraway Hills premieres
� 1947 -- "Kinescopes" are used to film TV broadcasts for later use.
� 1947 -- Harry S. Truman is the first U.S. President to address the public on TV.
� 1947 -- Kraft Television Theater presents the first commercial TV dramas.
� 1947 -- The first World Series is televised.
� 1948 -- Douglas Edwards anchors CBS-TV News, with first nightly news show.
� 1949 -- Leave it to the Girls is TV's first women's advocacy show.

Timeline of TV history from 1950 to 1959
� 1950 -- There are 8 million televisions sets in the U.S.
� 1951 -- Coast-To-coast live television becomes possible.
� 1951 -- Television covers the U.S. Senate hearings on crime.
� 1952 -- Jerry Lewis survives his first telethon.
� 1952 -- The presidential convention draws 70 million viewers.
� 1952 -- The UHF channels, 14 through 83, are set up by the FCC.
� 1953 -- The first issue of TV Guide appears.
� 1954 -- Television airs the McCarthy hearings.
� 1954 -- The Academy Awards appear on television for the first time.
� 1957 -- TV covers the Senate Rackets Committee hearings.
� 1959 -- Bonanza is television's first western in color.
� 1959 -- There are 50 million TV sets in the United States.

Timeline of TV history from 1950 to 1959
� 1960 -- Television carries the Kennedy-Nixon debates.
� 1961 -- ABC's Wide World of Sports debuts.
� 1961 -- TV broadcasts its first live presidential press conference.
� 1961 -- TV covers Alan Shepard's ride into space.
� 1963 -- Networks cancel all programming to cover the Kennedy assassination.
� 1965 -- Early Bird satellite transmissions begin.
� 1965 -- In a role played by Bill Cosby, I Spy features the first black hero on television.
� 1966 -- All of NBC's newscasts are broadcast in color.
� 1968 -- 60 Minutes premieres.
� 1968 -- TV covers the unruly Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Timeline of TV history from 1970 to 1979
� 1972 -- HBO joins the airwaves.
� 1973 -- America watches the Watergate hearings.
� 1974 -- Richard Nixon resigns live on television.
� 1975 -- The cable television boom begins.
� 1976 -- Atlanta's WTCG (later WTBS) begins satellite transmission.
� 1977 -- TV exists in 71 million (97 percent) American homes.

Timeline of TV history from 1980 to 1989
� 1980 -- CNN begins the first 24-hour TV news service on June 1.
� 1980 -- The cable network BET (Black Entertainment Television) begins.
� 1981 -- TV captures the assassination attempt on President Reagan.
� 1981 -- TV covers the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
� 1984 -- The A&E Cable Network begins operation.
� 1986 -- The Challenger space shuttle explodes on live TV.
� 1986 -- TV cameras cover U.S. Senate proceedings for the first time.
� 1989 -- The Berlin Wall opens on television sets worldwide.
� 1989 -- Television carries live coverage of the San Francisco earthquake.

Timeline of TV history from 1990 to 1999
� 1991 -- 93 million homes in America have television sets.
� 1991 -- The Courtroom TV Network begins broadcasting.
� 1991 -- The networks suspend regular programming to cover the Gulf War.

The timeline of TV history from 2000 until the present is still being written for this decade. Most recent changes seem to be improvements on existing things. The only major change is the availability of TV over the internet. Who knows how the Timeline of TV history from during the rest of this decade.

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