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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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24 August
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Who Do You Think You Are? New Network

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whodoyouthinkyouareI posted about the television program Who Do You Think You are a while ago, but now the show is on another network and some of you may be looking for it.  I was happy to find it again.  The show is now on TLC which unfortunately means we have to watch commercials of Honey Bobo during the program.  But maybe you are one of the lucky ones watching online.  You can find it on TLC and Amazon.  It is the same great show that it was before, and if you are into genealogy I highly recommend the program.  Its one of the last things on television worth watching.

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