1926 in television

The year 1926 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1926.

List of years in television (table)
In radio

Global television eventsEdit

Month Day Event
January 26 John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first television system to transmit live, moving images with tone graduations, to 40 members of the Royal Institution. The 30-line images are scanned mechanically by a disk with a spiral of lenses at 12.5 images per second.
August 18 A weather map is televised for the first time, sent from NAA Arlington to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.
December 25 Japanese researcher Kenjiro Takayanagi demonstrates a system that uses a mechanical Nipkow disk and a photoelectric tube in the transmitting device, and a cathode ray tube in the receiving device. He transmits the 40-line still image of a Japanese character.[1]


Date Name Notability
January 8 Soupy Sales U.S. comedian and actor (died 2009)
February 20 Whitney Blake U.S. actress (Hazel) (died 2002)
March 1 Robert Clary French-U.S. actor (Hogan's Heroes)
March 16 Jerry Lewis U.S. comedian and actor (died 2017)
April 22 Charlotte Rae U.S. actress (The Facts of Life) (died 2018)
April 30 Cloris Leachman U.S. actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis, Raising Hope)
May 5 Ann B. Davis U.S. actress (The Brady Bunch) (died 2014)
May 8 Sir David Attenborough British naturalist, documentary-maker and television executive
Don Rickles U.S. comedian and actor (died 2017)
May 29 Katie Boyle Italian-born British television personality (Eurovision Song Contest) (died 2018)
June 1 Andy Griffith U.S. actor, producer (The Andy Griffith Show) (died 2012)
June 28 Mel Brooks U.S. comedy writer, actor, director, producer (Get Smart)
July 10 Fred Gwynne U.S. actor (Car 54, Where Are You?, The Munsters) (died 1993)
October 11 Earle Hyman U.S. actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats) (died 2017)
October 17 Julie Adams U.S. actress (Murder, She Wrote) (died 2019)
November 9 Johnny Beattie Scottish actor
November 25 Jeffrey Hunter U.S. actor (Temple Houston, Star Trek) (died 1969)


  1. ^ The Evolution of TV: A Brief History of TV Technology in Japan, Kenjiro Takayanagi: The Father of Japanese Television Archived January 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.