1926 in television

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

Global television events[edit]

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 6 Bob Trow U.S. actor (died 1998)
February 20 Whitney Blake U.S. actress (Hazel) (died 2002)
March 1 Robert Clary French-U.S. actor (Hogan's Heroes) (died 2022)
March 16 Jerry Lewis U.S. comedian and actor (died 2017)
March 30 Peter Marshall Game show host
April 18 Harold Hayes U.S. broadcaster (died 1989)
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) (died 2021)
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 25 Claude Akins Actor (died 1994)
May 26 Regis Cordic Actor (died 1999)
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 10 Joe Negri U.S. Jazz guitarist
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 (died 2020)
November 13 Jim Jensen U.S. anchor (died 1999)
November 25 Jeffrey Hunter U.S. actor (Temple Houston, Star Trek) (died 1969)
November 30 Richard Crenna U.S. actor (died 2003)
December 1 Keith Michell actor (died 2015)
December 17 Patrice Wymore U.S. actress (died 2014)
December 19 Herb Stempel U.S. television game show contestant (died 2020)


  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.