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Before 1925 in television


This is a list of television-related events that occurred prior to 1925

Contents

  • 1 Global television events
  • 2 Births
    • 21 Births before 1900
    • 22 Births 1900–1909
    • 23 Births 1910–1919
    • 24 Births 1920–1924
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References

Global television events

Year Event
1873 Willoughby Smith discovers the photoconductivity of the element selenium This resulted in the invention of the photoelectric cell
1877 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
1880 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
1884 Paul Nipkow invents the Nipkow disk, a means of scanning an image mechanically This method was later used for mechanical television experiments
1895 Noah S Amstutz demonstrates the transmission of photographic halftone images by electric telegraphy
1897 Karl Ferdinand Braun invents the cathode ray tube, using it as an oscilloscope
1900 The word "television" is coined by Constantin Perskyi on August 18 at the First International Electricity Congress in Paris, France
1907 Boris Rosing transmits silhouette images of geometric shapes, using a Nipkow disc, mirror-drum, and a cathode-ray tube receiver
1908 In his letter to Nature, Alan Campbell-Swinton describes the modern electronic camera and display system which others are to develop throughout the 1920s
1921 Charles Francis Jenkins with a group of friends incorporates Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC with the purpose of "developing radio movies to be broadcast for entertainment in the home"
1922 Charles Jenkins' first public demonstration of television principles A set of static photographic pictures was transmitted from Washington, DC to the Navy station NOF in Anacostia by telephone wire, and then wirelessly back to Washington
1922 Philo Farnsworth first describes an image dissector tube, which uses cesium to produce images electronically, but will not produce a working model until 1927
1923 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
1923 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
1924 John Logie Baird demonstrates a semi-mechanical television system with the transmission of moving silhouette images
1924 Vladimir Zworykin files a patent application for the kinescope, a television picture receiver tube

Births

Births before 1900

Date Name Occupation/Accolades
August 22, 1867 Charles Francis Jenkins US inventor and promoter of mechanical scanning television died 1934
April 23, 1869 Boris Rosing Russian pioneer of television technology died 1933
November 22, 1874 Elizabeth Patterson US actress I Love Lucy died 1966
July 21, 1882 Dr Herbert Ives US television researcher, leader of the AT&T television research during the 1920s–1930s died 1953
February 8, 1884 Burt Mustin US actor All in the Family died 1977
November 9, 1886 Ed Wynn US actor and comedian The Ed Wynn Show died 1966
January 16, 1887 John Hamilton US actor Adventures of Superman died 1958
February 26, 1887 William Frawley US 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 Vladimir Zworykin US pioneer of television technology died 1982
January 26, 1892 Zara Cully US actress The Jeffersons died 1978
February 14, 1894 Jack Benny US actor The Jack Benny Program died 1974
August 21, 1895 Blossom Rock US actress The Addams Family died 1978
January 7, 1896 Arnold Ridley British actor and playwright Dad's Army died 1984
May 25, 1898 Bennett Cerf US publisher and game show panelist What's My Line died 1971
August 30, 1898 Shirley Booth US actress Hazel died 1992
September 1, 1898 Violet Carson British actress and radio performer Coronation Street died 1983

Births 1900–1909

Date Name Occupation/Accolades
October 4, 1900 Robert Shayne US actor Adventures of Superman died 1992
December 6, 1900 Agnes Moorehead US actress Bewitched died 1974
March 27, 1901 Carl Barks US animator creator of Scrooge McDuck died 2000
July 1, 1901 Irna Phillips US writer creator of early soap opera died 1973
July 14, 1901 George Tobias US actor Bewitched died 1980
September 28, 1901 Ed Sullivan US television host The Ed Sullivan Show died 1974
October 17, 1902 Irene Ryan US actress The Beverly Hillbillies died 1973
December 14, 1902 Frances Bavier US actress Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show died 1989
December 25, 1902 Barton MacLane US actor I Dream of Jeannie died 1969
May 29, 1903 Bob Hope British-American movie, television, radio, and vaudeville actor, writer, and producer Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre died 2003
March 1, 1904 Paul Hartman US dancer and actor The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD died 1973
June 17, 1904 Ralph Bellamy US stage, movie, and television actor Man Against Crime died 1991
January 26, 1905 Charles Lane US actor Petticoat Junction died 2007
January 27, 1905 Howard McNear US actor Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show died 1969
September 18, 1905 Eddie Anderson US actor The Jack Benny Program died 1977
February 20, 1906 Gale Gordon US actor The Lucy Show died 1995
April 4, 1906 Bea Benaderet US actress The Flintstones died 1968
April 4, 1906 John Cameron Swayze US anchorman Camel News Caravan died 1995
April 22, 1906 Eddie Albert US actor Green Acres, Switch died 2005
August 19, 1906 Philo Farnsworth US inventor credited with the invention of the cathode ray tube television d 1971
February 12, 1907 Joseph Kearns US actor Dennis the Menace died 1962
May 22, 1907 Cecil McGivern British broadcasting executive; controller of BBC Television from 1950 to 1957 d 1963
August 20, 1907 Alan Reed US actor voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones died 1977
September 29, 1907 Gene Autry US music performer The Gene Autry Show died 1998
October 20, 1907 Arlene Francis US actress and game show panelist What's My Line died 2001
January 8, 1908 William Hartnell British actor; the original Doctor Who in the 1960s died 1975
February 28, 1908 Billie Bird US radio, film, television, and vaudeville actress Dear John died 2002
April 2, 1908 Buddy Ebsen US actor The Beverly Hillbillies died 2003
April 30, 1908 Eve Arden US actress Our Miss Brooks died 1990
July 12, 1908 Milton Berle US actor Texaco Star Theater died 2002
December 14, 1908 Morey Amsterdam US actor The Dick Van Dyke Show died 1996
February 16, 1909 Hugh Beaumont US actor Leave it to Beaver died 1982
July 26, 1909 Vivian Vance US actress I Love Lucy died 1979

Births 1910–1919

Date Name Occupation/Accolades
May 15, 1910 Michael Barry British television producer and executive; Head of Drama at BBC television from 1952 to 1962 died 1988
May 22, 1910 Johnny Olson US radio and television announcer The New Price Is Right died 1985
October 23, 1910 Hayden Rorke US actor I Dream of Jeannie died 1987
February 6, 1911 Ronald Reagan US actor and president General Electric Theater died 2004
March 13, 1911 Marie Rudisill US television personality The Fruitcake Lady from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno died 2006
May 6, 1911 Frank Nelson US actor died 1986
July 7, 1911 Gretchen Franklin British actress EastEnders died 2005
August 6, 1911 Lucille Ball US actress I Love Lucy died 1989
October 23, 1911 Martha Rountree US broadcast journalist Meet the Press died 1999
November 5, 1911 Roy Rogers US singer and actor The Roy Rogers Show died 1998
December 10, 1911 Chet Huntley US anchorman The Huntley-Brinkley Report died 1974
January 7, 1912 Charles Addams US cartoonist created The Addams Family died 1988
April 5, 1912 John Le Mesurier British actor Dad's Army died 1983
October 31, 1912 Dale Evans US singer and actress The Roy Rogers Show died 2001
November 23, 1912 George O'Hanlon US film and voice actor voice of George Jetson on The Jetsons died 1989
January 28, 1913 Maurice Gosfield US actor The Phil Silvers Show died 1964
February 25, 1913 Jim Backus US actor Gilligan's Island, Mr Magoo died 1989
May 13, 1913 Jasmine Bligh British presenter; one of the first BBC Television Service presenters of the 1930s died 1991
May 25, 1913 Richard Dimbleby British journalist BBC, commentator on state events, and presenter of current affairs programmes such as Panorama died 1965
July 3, 1913 Dorothy Kilgallen US journalist and game show panelist What's My Line died 1965
July 13, 1913 Dave Garroway US journalist The Today Show died 1982
August 25, 1913 Don DeFore US actor The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Hazel died 1993
January 5, 1914 George Reeves US actor Adventures of Superman died 1959
February 20, 1914 John Charles Daly US news journalist and game show host What's My Line died 1991
March 15, 1914 Joe E Ross US actor The Phil Silvers Show, Car 54, Where Are You died 1982
May 12, 1914 Howard K Smith US anchorman ABC Evening News died 2002
September 18, 1914 Harry Townes US actor The Fugitive died 2001
October 26, 1914 Jackie Coogan US actor The Addams Family died 1984
October 30, 1914 Anna Wing British actress EastEnders died 2013
November 8, 1914 Norman Lloyd US actor St Elsewhere
December 2, 1914 Ray Walston US actor My Favorite Martian, Fast Times died 2001
December 26, 1914 Geoffrey Lumsden British character actor Dad's Army died 1984
January 31, 1915 Garry Moore US game series host and television personality I've Got a Secret died 1993
February 1, 1915 Art Balinger US actor Dragnet 1967, Adam-12 died 2011
February 12, 1915 Lorne Greene US actor Bonanza died 1987
April 10, 1915 Harry Morgan US actor Dragnet, MASH died 2011
September 12, 1915 Frank McGee US journalist The Today Show died 1974
September 22, 1915 Arthur Lowe British actor Coronation Street, Dad's Army died 1982
December 22, 1915 Barbara Billingsley US actress Leave it to Beaver, Muppet Babies died 2010
February 14, 1916 Edward Platt US actor Get Smart died 1974
February 26, 1916 Jackie Gleason US actor The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show died 1987
March 6, 1916 Virginia Gregg US actress Calvin and the Colonel, Dragnet died 1986
March 31, 1916 Lucille Bliss US actress The Smurfs, Invader Zim died 2012
April 4, 1916 David White US actor Bewitched died 1990
April 26, 1916 Vic Perrin US voice actor The Outer Limits, Hanna-Barbera cartoons died 1989
May 14, 1916 Del Moore US actor Life with Elizabeth, Bachelor Father, Dragnet 1967 died 1970
July 11, 1916 Reg Varney English comedy actor The Rag Trade, On the Buses died 2008
July 23, 1916 Sandra Gould US actress Bewitched died 1999
August 24, 1916 Hal Smith US actor The Andy Griffith Show died 1994
October 13, 1916 Johnny Stearns US actor and producer Mary Kay and Johnny, The Tonight Show died 2001
November 4, 1916 Walter Cronkite US anchorman CBS Evening News died 2009
March 2, 1917 Desi Arnaz Cuban-born performer I Love Lucy died 1986
March 30, 1917 Herbert Anderson US actor Dennis the Menace died 1994
April 2, 1917 Dabbs Greer US actor The Fugitive died 2007
April 16, 1917 Barry Nelson US actor Climax! died 2007
May 16, 1917 George Gaynes Finnish-born US actor Punky Brewster, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd died 2016
May 21, 1917 Raymond Burr Canadian actor Perry Mason, Ironside died 1993
June 7, 1917 Dean Martin US actor, singer The Dean Martin Show died 1995
July 10, 1917 Don Herbert US television host Watch Mr Wizard died 2007
July 14, 1917 Douglas Edwards US anchorman CBS Evening News died 1990
September 4, 1917 Hilary Mason British actress Maid Marian and her Merry Men died 2006
October 16, 1917 Alice Pearce US actress Bewitched died 1966
October 28, 1917 Jack Soo Japanese-American actor Barney Miller died 1979
December 22, 1917 Gene Rayburn US television personality Match Game, The Tonight Show died 1999
February 15, 1918 Allan Arbus US actor MASH died 2013
February 22, 1918 Don Pardo US television announcer Saturday Night Live died 2014
May 1, 1918 Jack Paar US television personality The Tonight Show died 2004
May 9, 1918 Mike Wallace US anchorman 60 Minutes died 2012
July 26, 1918 Stacy Harris US actor Dragnet, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp died 1973
November 4, 1918 Art Carney US actor The Honeymooners died 2003
December 2, 1918 Milton DeLugg US bandleader and composer Broadway Open House, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade died 2015
January 13, 1919 Robert Stack US actor The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries died 2003
February 11, 1919 Eva Gabor Hungarian actress Green Acres died 1995
May 4, 1919 John Hope US meteorologist The Weather Channel, named Hurricane Camille for his daughter died 2002
September 4, 1919 Howard Morris US actor The Andy Griffith Show died 2005
October 14, 1919 Shaun Sutton British writer, director, and producer; longest-serving Head of Drama at BBC Television died 2004
November 19, 1919 Alan Young English-born US actor Mister Ed, DuckTales died 2016
December 11, 1919 Cliff Michelmore English broadcast presenter died 2016

Births 1920–1924

Date Name Occupation/Accolades
February 18, 1920 Bill Cullen US game series host The Price Is Right, I've Got a Secret died 1990
February 26, 1920 Tony Randall US actor The Odd Couple died 2004
July 10, 1920 David Brinkley US anchorman The Huntley-Brinkley Report died 2003
July 18, 1920 Dolph Sweet US actor Gimme a Break!, Another World died 1985
August 6, 1920 Selma Diamond Canadian-born US actress Night Court died 1985
November 25, 1920 Noel Neill US actress Adventures of Superman died 2016
January 15, 1921 Frank Thornton English actor Are You Being Served died 2013
February 1, 1921 Peter Sallis English actor Last of the Summer Wine, Wallace and Gromit died 2017
February 24, 1921 Abe Vigoda US actor Barney Miller died 2016
May 14, 1921 Richard Deacon US actor The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It to Beaver died 1984
August 8, 1921 William Asher US producer, director, and writer Bewitched died 2012
September 24, 1921 Sheila MacRae English-born US actress The Honeymooners, General Hospital died 2014
October 17, 1921 Tom Poston US actor Newhart died 2007
November 14, 1921 Brian Keith US actor Family Affair died 1997
November 22, 1921 Rodney Dangerfield US comedian and actor The Dean Martin Show died 2004
December 11, 1921 Liz Smith English character actress The Royle Family died 2016
December 26, 1921 Steve Allen US television personality The Tonight Show died 2000
January 17, 1922 Betty White US actress The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland
January 21, 1922 Telly Savalas US actor Kojak died 1994
January 30, 1922 Dick Martin US comedian Laugh-In died 2008
February 8, 1922 Audrey Meadows US actress The Honeymooners died 1996
February 18, 1922 Allan Melvin US actor Magilla Gorilla, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family died 2008
February 24, 1922 Steven Hill US actor Law & Order, Mission: Impossible died 2016
March 5, 1922 James Noble US actor Benson died 2016
March 20, 1922 Carl Reiner US actor, writer, director, and producer Your Show of Shows, The Dick Van Dyke Show
April 3, 1922 Doris Day US actress, singer The Doris Day Show
April 5, 1922 Christopher Hewett British actor Mr Belvedere died 2001
April 5, 1922 Gale Storm US actress My Little Margie died 2009
April 27, 1922 Jack Klugman US actor The Odd Couple, Quincy died 2012
May 7, 1922 Darren McGavin US actor Kolchak: The Night Stalker died 2006
May 10, 1922 Nancy Walker US actress Rhoda, Bounty paper towel commercials died 1992
May 13, 1922 Beatrice Arthur US actress Maude, The Golden Girls died 2009
May 18, 1922 Bill Macy US actor Maude
May 22, 1922 Quinn Martin US producer The Fugitive, The FBI, The Streets of San Francisco died 1987
July 21, 1922 Mollie Sugden British actress Are You Being Served died 2009
July 22, 1922 Dan Rowan US comedian Laugh-In died 1987
July 27, 1922 Norman Lear US producer All in the Family, Sanford and Son and many others
August 1, 1922 Arthur Hill Canadian-born actor died 2006
September 1, 1922 Yvonne De Carlo US actress The Munsters died 2007
October 9, 1922 Fyvush Finkel US stage and television actor Boston Public died 2016
October 31, 1922 Barbara Bel Geddes US actress Dallas died 2005
November 13, 1922 Jack Narz US game show host and announcer died 2008
December 9, 1922 Redd Foxx US comedian Sanford and Son died 1991
December 20, 1922 Charita Bauer US actress The Guiding Light died 1985
January 8, 1923 Larry Storch US actor F-Troop
January 19, 1923 Jean Stapleton US actress All in the Family died 2013
January 23, 1923 Florence Halop US actress St Elsewhere, Night Court died 1986
February 4, 1923 Conrad Bain Canadian-born US actor Maude, Diff'rent Strokes died 2013
March 6, 1923 Ed McMahon US game show host and announcer The Tonight Show, Star Search died 2009
April 2, 1923 Gloria Henry US actress Dennis the Menace
April 4, 1923 Peter Vaughan British character actor Porridge, Game of Thrones died 2016
April 10, 1923 Jane Kean US actress and singer The Jackie Gleason Show, The Honeymooners died 2013
April 13, 1923 Don Adams US actor Get Smart, Inspector Gadget died 2005
April 22, 1923 Aaron Spelling US movie and television producer Beverly Hills, 90210 died 2006
April 30, 1923 Al Lewis US actor The Munsters died 2006
May 26, 1923 James Arness US actor Gunsmoke died 2011
July 25, 1923 Estelle Getty US actress The Golden Girls died 2008
August 15, 1923 Rose Marie US actress The Dick Van Dyke Show died 2017
September 20, 1923 Jimmy Perry English scriptwriter Dad's Army died 2016
September 28, 1923 William Windom US actor Murder, She Wrote died 2012
December 10, 1923 Harold Gould US actor Rhoda, The Golden Girls died 2010
December 12, 1923 Bob Barker US game series presenter The New Price Is Right
January 19, 1924 Nicholas Colasanto US actor and director Cheers died 1985
January 21, 1924 Benny Hill English comedian died 1992
January 29, 1924 Enrico Simonetti Italian musician and presenter Simonetti Show died 1978
March 3, 1924 John Woodnutt English actor died 2006
March 3, 1924 Lys Assia Swiss singer, first winner of Eurovision Song Contest
March 8, 1924 Sean McClory Irish actor The Californians died 2003
April 15, 1924 Rikki Fulton Scottish comedian Scotch and Wry died 2004
May 1, 1924 Art Fleming US stage, radio, and television personality Jeopardy! died 1995
May 2, 1924 Theodore Bikel Austrian actor Babylon 5: In the Beginning died 2015
May 12, 1924 Tony Hancock English comic performer Hancock's Half Hour suicide 1968
June 26, 1924 Richard Bull US movie and television actor Little House on the Prairie died 2014
July 11, 1924 Brett Somers Canadian-born US actress and comedian The Odd Couple, Match Game '73 died 2007
July 21, 1924 Don Knotts US actor The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company died 2006
August 2, 1924 Carroll O'Connor US actor All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night died 2001
August 15, 1924 Werner Abrolat German actor Tatort died 1997
September 19, 1924 Don Harron Canadian comedian and actor Hee Haw died 2015
October 21, 1924 Joyce Randolph US actress The Honeymooners
November 18, 1924 Les Lye Canadian actor You Can't Do That On Television died 2009
November 23, 1924 Anita Linda Filipina actress Tayong Dalawa
December 14, 1924 Marge Redmond American actress The Flying Nun, Matlock

See also

  • Table of years in television

References

  1. ^ US Patent No 577,373, Method of Reproducing Photographs, filed 1895, issued 1897


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