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26 January
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First Television Demonstration

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On January 26, 1926 John Logie Baird, a Scottish inventor,  gave what is widely recognized as being the world’s first demonstration of a working television system, to members of the Royal Institution and a newspaper reporter from The Times, at his laboratory in 22 Frith Street, Soho, London.  Unlike later electronic systems with several hundred lines of resolution, Baird’s vertically scanned image had only 30 lines.

In 1927, Baird transmitted a signal over 438 miles via telephone line between London and Glasgow. In 1928, Baird Television Development Company/Cinema Television broadcast the first transatlantic television signal, between London and New York.  In 1929, he became involved in the first experimental electromechanical television service in Germany. In November of the same year, Baird and Bernard Natan of Pathé established France’s first television company, Télévision-Baird-Natan. In 1931, he made the first outdoor remote broadcast, of the Epsom Derby.   Baird’s electromechanical system reached a peak of 240-lines of resolution on BBC television broadcasts in 1936. On November 2, 1936 the BBC began transmitting the world’s first public television service from the Victorian Alexandra Palace in north.  The intermediate film system was discontinued within three months in favor of a 405-line all-electronic system developed by Marconi-EMI.

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27 December
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Peter Pan Play Opens in London

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan by Fickr User: tipoyock

On this day (December 27) in 1904 the play Peter Pan also known as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up or Peter and Wendy.  The play debuted with Nina Boucicault, daughter of playwright Dion Boucicault, in the title role.  The story of Peter Pan is one of a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her three brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook with his crew.  Peter Pan is also a book by J. M. Barrie.

The play took place at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Tinker Bell was represented on stage by a darting light. The most successful in the U.S. has been an American musical version first produced on Broadway in 1954 starring Mary Martin, which was later videotaped for television and rebroadcast several times.

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