1928 in television

The year 1928 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1928.

List of years in television (table)
In radio

Global television eventsEdit

Month Day Event
January 13 Dr. Ernst Frederik Werner Alexanderson performs the first successful public television broadcast. The pictures, with 48 lines at 16 frames per second, were received on sets with 1.5 sq. inch screens in the homes of four General Electric executives in Schenectady, New York. The sound was transmitted by the WGY radio station.
February 09 John Logie Baird transmits television pictures across the Atlantic. The pictures are transmitted from Motograph House, London by telephone cable to Ben Clapp's station GK2Z at 40 Warwick Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, and then by radio to Hartsdale, New York, United States.
June 12 The first outside broadcast is made by John Logie Baird on his roof in 133 Long Acre, London, featuring the actor Jack Buchanan.
July 02 Charles Francis Jenkins begins thrice-weekly television broadcasts in Washington, D.C., transmitting silhouette motion pictures.[1] Station W3XK broadcast from 8 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, testing on 46.72 meters for distance reception and on 186 meters locally.[2]
03 John Logie Baird demonstrates a colour television system achieved by using a scanning disc with spirals of red, green and blue filters at the transmitting and receiving ends.[3]
August 14 Hugo Gernsback's New York City radio station begins a regular, if limited, schedule of live television broadcasts, using a mechanical system developed by a South-American inventor. It transmits 48-line images.
September 1 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates his image dissector camera and "oscillite" tube receiver for the press, with the transmission of motion picture clips, described by a reporter as "a queer looking little image in bluish light now, one that frequently smudges and blurs."[4] It is the first public demonstration of an all-electronic television system.
11 The first broadcast of a play by television, The Queen's Messenger, on General Electric's W2XAD, Schenectady, New York. Three electromechanical cameras are used.[5]


Date Name Notability
January 8 Sander Vanocur U.S. television journalist (died 2019)
January 11 Mitchell Ryan U.S. actor (Dark Shadows)
January 20 Peter Donat Canadian-American actor (Flamingo Road, The X-Files) (died 2018)
February 1 Stuart Whitman U.S. actor (Cimarron Strip) (died 2020)
February 11 Conrad Janis U.S. jazz musician and actor (Mork & Mindy)
February 22 Bruce Forsyth English entertainer and presenter (Sunday Night at the London Palladium, The Generation Game) (died 2017)
February 29 Joss Ackland English actor
Irene Sunters Actress (died 2005)
March 20 Fred Rogers U.S. television personality and musician (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) (died 2003)
April 1 George Grizzard U.S. actor (Law & Order) (died 2007)
April 4 Estelle Harris U.S. actress (Seinfeld)
April 7 James Garner U.S. film and television actor (Maverick, The Rockford Files) (died 2014)
April 23 Bill Cotton British executive, controller of BBC One (1977–1981), managing director of BBC Television (1981–1987) (died 2008)
May 23 Jeannie Carson English-born U.S. actress (Search for Tomorrow, Hey, Jeannie!)
Nigel Davenport Actor (died 2013)
June 20 Martin Landau U.S. actor (Mission: Impossible) (died 2017)
July 1 Birgitta Ulfsson Finnish actress (Mumintrollet) (died 2017)
July 13 Bob Crane U.S. disc jockey and actor (Hogan's Heroes) (died 1978)
July 22 Orson Bean U.S. actor (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) (died 2020)
August 10 Eddie Fisher Actor (died 2010)
August 17 Willem Duys Dutch radio and television presenter (died 2011)
September 1 George Maharis U.S. actor (Route 66)
September 19 Adam West U.S. actor (Batman) (died 2017)
September 23 Roger Grimsby U.S. actor (died 1995)
September 28 Robert Chandler U.S. television executive (died 2008)
October 17 Don Collier U.S. actor (Outlaws)
October 25 Marion Ross U.S. actress (Happy Days)
Anthony Franciosa U.S. actor (died 2006)
November 11 Sanford Socolow U.S. broadcast journalist (died 2015)
December 10 Dan Blocker U.S. actor (Bonanza) (died 1972)
December 16 Terry Carter U.S. actor (McCloud)
December 17 George Lindsey U.S. actor (The Andy Griffith Show) (died 2012)
December 28 Bill Cardille U.S. broadcast personality (died 2016)
December 29 Bernard Cribbins English actor (died 2022)



  1. ^ Early Television Foundation, Jenkins Newspaper Articles.
  2. ^ Kane, Joseph N. (January 3, 1940). "Some Television 'Firsts'". Variety. p. 88. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Early Television Foundation, Baird Mechanical Color System (1928).
  4. ^ Daniel Stashower, The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television, Broadway Books, 2002, p. 144. ISBN 0-7679-0759-0.
  5. ^ Early Television Foundation, The Queen's Messenger.