1931 in television
The year 1931 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1931.
- May 1 – The first wedding is broadcast by television, on New York City's W2XCR.
- July 21 – CBS's station W2XAB began broadcasting 28 hours a week in New York City.
- August – At the Berlin Radio Show, Manfred von Ardenne gives the world's first public demonstration of a television system using a cathode-ray tube for both transmission and reception. Ardenne never develops a camera tube, using the CRT instead as a flying-spot scanner to scan slides and film.
- October 9 – Canada's first television station, VE9EC, begins broadcasting in Montreal, Quebec. VE9EC was owned jointly by radio station CKAC and the newspaper company La Presse.
- October 30 – NBC installs a television transmitter on top of the Empire State Building.
- November 1 – Television images are transmitted from JOAK radio station in Tokyo, Japan by Professors Kenjiro Takayagani and Tomomasa Nakashima. The still images comprise 80 lines at 20 frames per second.
- December 22 – NBC begins broadcasting experimental test transmissions from the Empire State Building transmitter.
- December 23 – Don Lee Broadcasting begins broadcasting low-definition electromechanical television from the station W6XAO (later KTSL) in Los Angeles, broadcasting one hour of film footage, six days per week.
- Exhibition Boxing Bouts premieres on the experimental W2XAB (1931–1932)
- Hints for Swimmers premieres on the experimental W2XAB (1931)
- Piano Lessons premieres on the experimental W2XAB (1931–1932).
- The Television Ghost premieres on the experimental W2XAB (1931–1933).
- Television Today premieres on the experimental W2XAB (1931).
- W2XAB debuts music segments with Connie Boswell, Doris Sharp, Elliot Jaffee, Grace Yeager, Harriet Lee, and Helen Haynes, among others.
- W2XCD debuts a semi-regular segment with singer Alice Remsen.
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- January 13
- January 14 - Himanshu Dev, engineer
- January 17 – James Earl Jones, actor
- January 19 – Robert MacNeil, news reporter
- February 13 – Geoff Edwards, game show host (died 2014)
- February 28 - Gavin MacLeod, actor, The Love Boat
- March 11 – Rupert Murdoch, media mogul
- March 20 - Hal Linden, actor, Barney Miller
- March 22 – William Shatner, actor, Star Trek
- March 26 – Leonard Nimoy, actor, Star Trek (died 2015)
- March 27 – David Janssen, actor, The Fugitive (died 1980)
- April 6 – Ivan Dixon, actor, Hogan's Heroes (died 2008)
- April 26 – Bernie Brillstein, agent and producer (died 2008)
- May 16 – Jack Dodson, actor, The Andy Griffith Show (died 1994)
- May 23 – Barbara Barrie, actress, Barney Miller
- June 8 – Dana Wynter, actress (died 2011)
- June 14 – Marla Gibbs, actress, The Jeffersons, 227
- June 26 - Robert Colbert, actor, The Time Tunnel
- July 6 – Della Reese, actress, singer, Touched by an Angel (died 2017)
- July 8 – Roone Arledge, producer (died 2002)
- July 27 – Jerry Van Dyke, actor, Coach (died 2018)
- July 28 – Darryl Hickman, actor
- August 15 - Janice Rule, actress (died 2003)
- August 23 – Barbara Eden, actress, I Dream of Jeannie
- August 25 – Regis Philbin, talk show host
- September 4 – Mitzi Gaynor, singer, actress
- September 10 – Philip Baker Hall, actor
- September 13 – Barbara Bain, actress, Mission: Impossible
- September 21 – Larry Hagman, actor, I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas (died 2012)
- September 30 – Angie Dickinson, actress, Police Woman
- October 31 – Dan Rather, news reporter
- November 8 – Morley Safer, news reporter (died 2016)
- November 12 – Dick Clair, writer (died 1988)
- December 3 – Jaye P. Morgan, game show panelist
- December 11 – Rita Moreno, actress
- December 23 – Ronnie Schell, comedian
- December 28 – Martin Milner, actor, Adam-12 (died 2015)