Category Archives: Television

Farnsworth demonstrates first completely electronic television system 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 7 1927)


Video: 'PHILO FARNSWORTH "SMALL SCREEN, BIG DREAMS" part 1' (Sept. 7 1927, at 26:55)

(Wednesday, September 7, 1927) — American television pioneer Philo Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an “image dissector” today at his laboratory at 202 Green Street in San Francisco.


Video: 'PHILO FARNSWORTH "SMALL SCREEN, BIG DREAMS" part 2'

BBC Television Service officially begins regular broadcasts 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1936)


Video: '1936 Television song'

(Monday, November 2, 1936, 3:00 p.m. GMT) — The British Broadcasting Corporation inaugurated “high-definition” television service today from a converted wing of the Alexandra Palace in London. Continue reading BBC Television Service officially begins regular broadcasts 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1936)

NBC makes first public television broadcast 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 7 1936)


Video: 'First Television Broadcast NBC/RCA July 7, 1936 Part 1 of 2'

(Tuesday July 7, 1936, afternoon EDT) — The NBC division of RCA made its first television broadcast today in New York, a 30-minute variety show featuring speeches, dance ensembles, monologues, vocal numbers and film clips. Continue reading NBC makes first public television broadcast 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 7 1936)

‘The Burning Ice’ episode debuts on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ 40 years ago this hour (1971)


Video: 'The Burning Ice' (part 1)

(Tuesday, November 9, 1971, 8:30 p.m. ET) — When a terminally ill man confesses to the killing and robbery of a wealthy woman, McGarrett’s suspicions center on her husband on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV police procedural drama Hawaii Five-0. Continue reading ‘The Burning Ice’ episode debuts on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ 40 years ago this hour (1971)

‘For a Million… Why Not?’ on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ 40 years ago this hour (1971)


Video: 'For a Million... Why Not?' (part 1)

(Tuesday, November 2, 1971, 8:30 p.m. ET) — Five seemingly good citizens with different motives band together to steal $6 million while McGarrett is away on the “Big Island” of Hawaii at a trial on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV police procedural drama Hawaii Five-0. Continue reading ‘For a Million… Why Not?’ on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ 40 years ago this hour (1971)

‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ presents ‘An Explosive Affair (Part 2)’ 30 years ago tonight (1981)


An Explosive Affair Part 2 (1)  

(Wednesday, October 14, 1981, 8:30 p.m. ET) — Because of the smashed phone, Andy is unable to warn Johnny and Venus when he realizes that the bomb is at the transmitter on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Continue reading ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ presents ‘An Explosive Affair (Part 2)’ 30 years ago tonight (1981)

‘The Twilight Zone’ presents ‘A Game of Pool’ 50 years ago this hour (1961)


Video: 'A Game of Pool' (part 1)

(Friday, October 13, 1961, 10 p.m. ET) — Pool shark Jesse Cardiff (Jack Klugman) challenges long dead pool great Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters) to a game to find out who’s the best player on tonight’s episode of The Twilight Zone. Continue reading ‘The Twilight Zone’ presents ‘A Game of Pool’ 50 years ago this hour (1961)