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1925
Oct 30 Baird Creates Britain's First TV Transmitter British Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1927
Sep 7 Philo T. Farnsworth Transmits First Electronic Image Philo T.  Farnsworth Inventors & Inventions History of Technology Historic Firsts
1930
Aug 20 Philo Farnsworth Patents a Television Philo T.  Farnsworth Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1932
Aug 22 The BBC Makes Its First Television Broadcast Great Britain
1938
Dec 20 Vladimir Kosma Zworykin Patents the Kinescope & Iconoscope Vladimir Kosma Zworykin Inventors & Inventions
1939
Oct 22 First Television Broadcast of a Professional Football Game Link to Football Historic Firsts
1947
Oct 5 Truman First President to Broadcast from White House Harry Truman The White House Historic Firsts
Oct 13 Kukla, Fran and Ollie Debut on WBKB Chicago Chicago Children's Television
Nov 6 Meet the Press Debuts on NBC
1950
Feb 25 The Show of Shows Debuts
Aug 19 ABC Airs the First Saturday Morning Television Shows for Children Children's Television
Oct 5 You Bet Your Life Debuts
Oct 11 FCC Issues First Color Broadcast License
1951
Oct 15 I Love Lucy Debuts
1952
Jan 14 Today Premiers on NBC
Sep 6 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Begins Television Broadcasting Canadian Media
Oct 1 This Is Your Life Debuts on NBC
Dec 5 Abbott & Costello Television Show Debuts
1953
Dec 17 FCC Approves RCA Color Specifications History of Technology
1954
Sep 12 Lassie Makes Television Debut Children's Television Dogs
Sep 27 The Tonight Show Debuts with Steve Allen
Oct 3 Father Knows Best Debuts on CBS
Oct 25 First Televised Presidential Cabinet Meeting The American Presidency Historic Firsts
1955
Sep 28 World Series First Broadcast in Color Baseball
Oct 1 The Honeymooners Debuts
Oct 3 Mickey Mouse Club Debuts on ABC Children's Television
Captain Kangaroo Debuts Children's Television
Oct 15 Grand Ole Opry Debuts on ABC Country Music
1956
Sep 19 You Bet Your Life Is Canceled
Oct 23 NBC Makes First Videotaped Broadcast Historic Firsts
1957
Sep 21 Perry Mason Debuts on CBS
Oct 4 Leave It to Beaver Debuts Children's Television
1959
Oct 2 Twilight Zone Debuts on CBS
1960
May 19 Jodie Foster Makes Acting Debut on Mayberry RFD Jodie Foster Children's Television
Oct 2 First Kennedy-Nixon Debate Televised John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon Historic Firsts
1961
Oct 3 The Dick Van Dyke Show Debuts on CBS Dick Van Dyke
1962
Aug 23 First Live U.S. & Europe Broadcast History of Technology Historic Firsts
Sep 26 The Beverly Hillbillies Premiers on CBS
Oct 2 Johnny Carson Debuts as Host of The Tonight Show Johnny Carson
1963
Sep 12 Final Episode of Leave It to Beaver Airs Children's Television
1964
Sep 26 Gilligan's Island Premiers on CBS
Oct 25 Rolling Stones First Appear on Ed Sullivan Popular Musicians
1965
Sep 17 Smothers Brothers Premiers on CBS
1967
Jan 10 First Broadcast of Educational Television Network Education
May 22 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Debuts Children's Television
Nov 6 Phil Donahue's First Talk Show Airs
1968
Sep 24 60 Minutes Debuts on CBS
1969
Sep 26 The Brady Bunch Premiers on ABC Children's Television
Oct 5 Monty Python Debuts on the BBC
1970
Sep 19 Mary Tyler Moore Show Debuts
Sep 21 Monday Night Football First Airs on ABC Link to Football
Sep 27 Original Amateur Hour Airs for Last Time
1971
Sep 12 Last Episode of Lassie Children's Television
1972
Sep 14 The Waltons Debuts Children's Television
Sep 17 M*A*S*H Premiers on CBS Korean War
1974
Sep 11 Little House on the Prairie Debuts Children's Television
1975
Oct 11 Saturday Night Live Debuts
1976
Dec 17 WTBS Is First Television Station with Nationwide Coverage Historic Firsts
1977
Sep 24 Love Boat Debuts on ABC
1978
Sep 14 Mork and Mindy Debuts Children's Television
1979
Sep 7 ESPN Debuts on Cable Sports
1981
Aug 19 Final Episode of Charlie's Angels Airs
1983
Sep 19 Final Episode of M*A*S*H Airs Korean War
1984
Sep 20 The Cosby Show Premiers Children's Television Link to Famous African Americans
1987
Sep 5 American Bandstand Canceled after 30 Yrs Popular Music

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This guide last edited 10/11/2011
This guide last revised 02/02/2009