Mass Media Timeline

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    MassMedia Timeline

  • First Regulation of Airwaves

    First Regulation of Airwaves
    Commenced in 1910, before the Communications Act of 1934 was passed, the Federal Radio Commission was the first organization established to control the functioning of radio as a whole through the Commerce Clause. Airwaves run across interstate and international waters, leading to some form of regulation.
  • Radio Act of 1912

    Radio Act of 1912
    United States federal law that mandated that all radio stations in the United States be licensed by the federal government, as well as mandating that seagoing vessels continuously monitor distress frequencies.
  • Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914

    Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914
    The Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 established the Federal Trade Commission. The Act, signed into law by Woodrow Wilson in 1914, outlaws unfair methods of competition and outlaws unfair acts or practices that affect commerce.
  • Time Magazine Debuts

    Time Magazine Debuts
    Time magazine was created in 1923 by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, making it the first weekly news magazine in the United States.
  • Calvin Coolidge’s Inauguration, first on radio

    Calvin Coolidge’s Inauguration, first on radio
    This was the first national radio broadcast of an inauguration occurred when President Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office on the East Front of the Capitol. Elected Vice President in 1920, Coolidge first took the oath of office when President Warren Harding died suddenly in 1923. After winning election to a full term in 1924, Coolidge followed his predecessor’s example and insisted upon a modest inaugural ceremony.
  • First TV Transmission

    First TV Transmission
    Philo Farnsworth invented the television. The television is an invention that people use everyday. The television is a way people can hear the news and what is going on in the world. It gives people the ability to buy, rent and watch movies and shows on over 100 different channels.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Fireside Chats

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Fireside Chats
    Fireside chats is the term used to describe a series of 28 evening radio addresses given by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944.
  • FCC

    The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission. The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission.The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Five Commissioners direct the FCC. They are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
  • George Gallup founds Institute of American Public Opinion

    George Gallup founds Institute of American Public Opinion
    The polling organization he founded became synonymous with public opinion research. ... This triumph led him to establish the American Institute of Public Opinion in 1935, a polling organization that conducted the Gallup Poll, a weekly survey. Gallup's breakthrough moment was the 1936 presidential election.
  • FM Radio

    FM Radio
    FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time. On January 5, 1940, Edwin H. Armstrong demonstrated FM broadcasting in a long-distance relay network, via five stations in five States.
  • First President to Speak on Live TV

    First President to Speak on Live TV
    Though Truman pioneered the now-familiar ritual of a White House telecast to the nation, he was not the first president to appear on television. President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast on a compact black-and-white screen from the New York World's Fair on April 30, 1939.
  • Colored TV

    Colored TV
    Color television had its beginnings in the late 1940s alongside black and white television. It was not a commercially viable until the early 1950s. At that time, two competing color mechanisms were being championed separately by CBS and RCA
  • Pearl Harbor Attack Reported by Radio

    Pearl Harbor Attack Reported by Radio
    A Live Radio Broadcast of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the U.S. military.
  • Harry Truman’s Inauguration, First Televised

    Harry Truman’s Inauguration, First Televised
    The inauguration marked the commencement of the second term of Harry S. Truman as President and the only term of Alben W. Barkley as Vice President. Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the Oath of office. It was the first televised US presidential inauguration and the first with an air parade.
  • First Televised Presidential Press Conference

    First Televised Presidential Press Conference
    Eisenhower and Kennedy respectively had 24 and 23 press conferences a year. The first televised press conference was held January 19, 1955. President Eisenhower came into the Indian Treaty Room, a room with poor acoustics and limited seating and announced the "experiment" they were about to be part of.
  • John Kennedy was assassinated

    John Kennedy was assassinated
    John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas Texas. he was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza. Kennedy was riding with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife, Nellie, and was fatally shot by former U.S. Marine[2] Lee Harvey Oswald.

    ARPANET was the network that became the basis for the Internet. Based on a concept first published in 1967, ARPANET was developed under the direction of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). In 1969, the idea became a modest reality with the interconnection of four university computers. ARPANET served as a testbed for new networking technologies, linking many universities and research centers.
  • RCA

    The RCA Corporation was a major American electronics company, which was founded as the Radio Corporation of America, founded by David Sarnoff and Owen D. Young.
  • Neil Armstrong walks on the moon

    Neil Armstrong walks on the moon
    Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle. Armstrong became the first to step onto the moon. President Kennedy wanted this challenge to occur before his presidency was over.
  • Email

    Email is exchanging messages between people using electronic devices. Shiva Ayyadurai is the founder of email. Email operates across computer networks so you can communicate with people all over the world.
  • Ed Bradley, first African-American White House television correspondent

    Ed Bradley, first African-American White House television correspondent
    Ed Bradley was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes.
  • Apple Inc.

    Apple Inc.
    Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Inc. Apple contains products like iPhone, iPad, Computer, iPod, Apple Watch. Apple Inc is the world's largest information technology company by revenue.
  • Nickelodeon

    Nickelodeon's history dates back to December 1, 1977, when Warner Cable Communications launched the first two-way interactive cable system, QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. Under the name Pinwheel Network, the C-3 cable channel carried Pinwheel daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • CNN

    Cable News Network (CNN), an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner, was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner and 25 other original members, who invested $20 million into the network.
  • USA Today

    USA Today
    USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company.
  • Microsoft Windows

    Microsoft Windows
    Microsoft Windows is a group of several graphical operating system families, all of which are developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. Each family caters to a certain sector of the computing industry.
  • Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

    Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
    was a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that held that public school curricular student newspapers that have not been established as forums for student expression are subject to a lower level of First Amendment protection than independent student expression or newspapers established as forums for student expression.
  • The World Wide Web

    The World Wide Web
    Tim Berners-Lee, invented the World Wide Web (WWW). The web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world. The World Wide Web is information system on the Internet that allows documents to be connected to other documents by hypertext links, enabling the user to search for information by moving from one document to another.
  • Digital Computer

    Digital Computer
    A computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out arbitrary sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically. John Vincent Atanasoff created the first digital computer. He was an American physicist and inventor, best known for being credited with inventing the first electronic digital computer.
  • Netflix

    Netflix is an American entertainment company founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. It specializes in and provides streaming media and video-on-demand online and DVD by mail. In 2013, Netflix expanded into film and television production as well as online distribution.
  • Google

    Larry Page, Sergey Brin are the founders of google. Google is a search engine that can be employed to find a variety of information such as websites, pictures, maps
  • 9/11 attacks are reported immediately through multimedia

    9/11 attacks are reported immediately through multimedia
    The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States
  • Facebook

    Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg, for college students only before it was open to the public. Facebook is a free social media site for people to go on and be able to connect with friends, family and people around the world. You create yourself a profile where you can post pictures and talk to people.
  • YouTube

    YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. YouTube was invented by Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen.
  • Twitter

    Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, known as tweets. Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Evan Williams are all founders of Twitter.
  • Morse vs Frederick US Supreme Court

    Morse vs Frederick US Supreme Court
    United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held, 5–4, that the First Amendment does not prevent educators from suppressing, at or across the street from a school-supervised event, student speech that is reasonably viewed as promoting illegal drug use.
  • Olympics 2008

    Olympics 2008
    The Olympics in 2008 was held in Beijing, China. China held the summer games. The games went from August 8th 2008 to August 24th 2008.
  • Instagram

    Kevin Systrom is the created for Instagram.Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately.
  • Snap Chat

    Snap Chat
    Snap chat is a form of social media created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University. Snapchat is an image and video messaging application. This application allows you to communicate with your friends by pictures and videos.
  • President Donald Trump

    President Donald Trump
    Donald John Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.There was much controversy between who should be president, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. It was a close race but Donald Trump came up on top.