1928 in television

List of years in television (table)

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

Global television events

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]
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.[2]
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."[3] 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.[4]


Month Day Name Occupation/Accolades
April 04 Estelle Harris actress.
07 James Garner U.S. film and television actor. (died 2014)
23 Bill Cotton British television producer and executive; controller of BBC One (1977–1981) and managing director of BBC Television (1981–1987). (died 2008)
June 20 Martin Landau actor
July 13 Bob Crane U.S. disc jockey and actor (Hogan's Heroes) (d. 1978).
October 25 Marion Ross U.S. actress (Happy Days)
December 10 Dan Blocker U.S. actor (Bonanza) (d. 1972).
17 George Lindsey actor (d. 2012)


  1. Early Television Foundation, Jenkins Newspaper Articles.
  2. Early Television Foundation, Baird Mechanical Color System (1928).
  3. Daniel Stashower, The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television, Broadway Books, 2002, p. 144. ISBN 0-7679-0759-0.
  4. Early Television Foundation, The Queen's Messenger.
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