1926 in television

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

List of years in television (table)
In radio

Global television events

January26John 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.
August18A weather map is televised for the first time, sent from NAA Arlington to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.
December25Japanese 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]


January 8Soupy SalesU.S. comedian and actor (died 2009)
February 20Whitney BlakeU.S. actress (Hazel) (died 2002)
March 1Robert ClaryFrench-U.S. actor (Hogan's Heroes)
March 16Jerry LewisU.S. comedian and actor (died 2017)
April 22Charlotte RaeU.S. actress (The Facts of Life) (died 2018)
April 30Cloris LeachmanU.S. actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis, Raising Hope)
May 5Ann B. DavisU.S. actress (The Brady Bunch) (died 2014)
May 8Sir David AttenboroughBritish naturalist, documentary-maker and television executive
Don RicklesU.S. comedian and actor (died 2017)
May 29Katie BoyleItalian-born British television personality (Eurovision Song Contest) (died 2018)
June 1Andy GriffithU.S. actor, producer (The Andy Griffith Show) (died 2012)
June 28Mel BrooksU.S. comedy writer, actor, director, producer (Get Smart)
July 10Fred GwynneU.S. actor (Car 54, Where Are You?, The Munsters) (died 1993)
October 11Earle HymanU.S. actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats) (died 2017)
October 17Julie AdamsU.S. actress (Murder, She Wrote) (died 2019)
November 9Johnny BeattieScottish actor
November 25Jeffrey HunterU.S. actor (Temple Houston, Star Trek) (died 1969)


  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.
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