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Television History Timeline 1831-2009

Television offers us the unique possibility of discovering worlds we would not even know they exist. The TV was the result of a series of discoveries. The following television history timeline presents these discoveries and how they contributed to the creation of the today’s TV.

1831 – Scientists started working with electronics; they did not know much about electricity and its uses.

1862 – The pantelegraph was invented by Abbe Giovanna Casell and thus an image could be transferred through wires, working on the same principle used for telephone wires to transfer sound. This may be considered the first major event in the television history timeline.

1873 – Two scientists, Smith and May, experimented with selenium which helped them realize that pictures could be converted into signals and could be sent over wires more easily.

1880 – The photophone was invented by Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. This device was able to transfer sound, but their aim was to transfer pictures with it, at a higher quality.

1884 – Paul Nipkow discovered how to use the wires for sending multiple pictures, with the help of a rotating disk that moved the picture; a notable event in the television history timeline.

1900 – The first “television” was displayed at the World Fair in Paris.

1907 – A new type of television was invented, using a vacuum tube and cathode rays.

1924 – John Baird, a Scottish scientist invented a method through which you could capture objects while in motion, subsequently named moving picture, which opened the road to movies and TV shows.

1925 – The long distance television was first publically tested in the area between New York and Washington D.C.

1928 – A famous man in the Charles Jenkins owned the first television station whose name was W3XK.

1936 – The number of television sets grew fast, thus by 1936, 200 TV sets were reported to be used by people.

1937 – The first important television network was CBS.

1939 – Another World Fair exhibit tested the television sets in 1939 in order to market them to the public. RCA was one of the first TV brands.

1950 – Although in development for years, it was not until 1950 that the color TV was released to the public.

1969 – The television revolution had already begun; therefore, in 1969 the entire world was able to see Neil Armstrong on their TV sets, stepping onto the moon for the first time. This really marked the television history timeline.

1997 – Panasonic developers created and released the first flat screen TV, which took over very fast the television market.

2009 – People in the United States of America made the transition to all-digital television viewing.

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