History of Television

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  • William Crookes

    William Crookes
    William Crookes confirms the existence of cathode rays
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    History of Television

  • Introduction of the word "television"

    Introduction of the word "television"
    Russian Constantin Perskyi introduces the word "television" at the 1st International Congress of Electricity at
    the World's Fair in Paris
  • Television sucessfully demonstrated for the first time

    Television sucessfully demonstrated for the first time
    Philo Farnsworth transmits the first electronic television image
  • The Queen's Messenger transmitted to 4 television sets

    The Queen's Messenger transmitted to 4 television sets
    GE-owned experimental television station WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY, transmits a 40-minute stage
    production, The Queen's Messenger, to 4 television sets with a system developed by their engineer, Dr. Ernst
    Alexanderson.
  • CBS begins experimental television programming

    CBS begins experimental television programming
    CBS begins experimental television programming
  • NBC begins experimental televison broadcasting

    NBC begins experimental televison broadcasting
    NBC begins experimental televison broadcasting
  • President Roosevelt opening the 1939 New York World's Fair televised

    President Roosevelt opening the 1939 New York World's Fair televised
    President Roosevelt opening the 1939 New York World's Fair televised to 4,000 viewers
  • Beginning of commercial televison

    Beginning of commercial televison
    Beginning of commerical televison -
    Approx 7,000 tv sets in the USA
  • The Tonight Show w/ Steve Allen launches

    The Tonight Show w/ Steve Allen launches
    The golden age of television sees the launch of many popular talk shows; including the launch of the Tonight Show
  • Colour television sets begin to be sold

    Colour television sets begin to be sold
    First colour television sets begin selling
  • Peter Pan attracked 60,000,000 viewers

    Peter Pan attracked 60,000,000 viewers
    The 1955 screening of Peter Pan attracts 60,000,000 viewers
  • First prototype of plasma display monitor

    First prototype of plasma display monitor
    The first prototype for a plasma display monitor is invented at the University of Illinois by Professors Donald
    Bitzer and Gene Slottow, and graduate student Robert Willson
  • Neil Armstrong walks on the moon - 720 million viewers

    Neil Armstrong walks on the moon - 720 million viewers
    Neil Armstrong walks on the moon and a worldwide audience of 720 million watches the event live.
  • VHS Video recording introduced

    VHS Video recording introduced
  • Video tape players are released for purchase

    Video tape players are released for purchase
    Video tape players are released for purchase
  • HDTV demonstrated

    HDTV demonstrated
    HDTV is demonstrated in United States by NHK, Japan's government-owned broadcasting service, at the
    Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers meeting in Los Angeles.
  • First widescreen television sets released

    First widescreen television sets released
    Anticipating HDTV, RCA introduces the first widescreen 16:9 aspect television models.
  • First dvd players released for purchase

    First dvd players released for purchase
    First dvd players released for purchase
  • Major 3D televison release year

    Major 3D televison release year
    3D televisions are realeased for sale during 2010