ⓘ 1939 in television

                                     

ⓘ 1939 in television

  • Television demonstrations are held at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair on Long Island and the Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco.
  • March 27 – The BBC broadcasts the entirety of Magyar Melody live from His Majestys Theatre in London. The 175-minute broadcast is the first showing of a full-length musical by television.
  • RCA, General Electric, Dumont and others begin selling television sets to the public in the New York City area. Screen sizes typically range from 5 to 12 inches, and Dumont features 14-inch and 16-inch models. Prices start at $200 and go as high as $1000.
  • March 4 – The BBC Television Service broadcasts one of the first television plays specially written for the medium, Condemned To Be Shot by R. E. J. Brooke, live from its London studios at Alexandra Palace. The production is notable for the use of a camera as the first-person perspective of the plays unseen main character.
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  • May 17 – The first baseball game Princeton University vs. Columbia University is broadcast by television, from Baker Field in New York. Bill Stern is the announcer.
  • May 19 – The Walt Disney cartoon Donalds Cousin Gus airs on NBCs experimental station W2XBS later WNBC-TV in New York. This marks the first movie cartoon to be televised in the United States.
  • June 1 – The first heavyweight boxing match is televi
  • April 30 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, appearing at the opening ceremony of the 1939 New York Worlds Fair, becomes the first President of the United States to give a speech that is broadcast by television.

sed, ax Baer vs Lou Nova, from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

  • August 26
  • Poland broadcasts a feature film for the first time - Barbara Radziwillowna 1936 - using the experimental transmitter mounted atop the Prudential building in Warsaw.
  • The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York.
  • November 8 – CBS television station W2XAB resumes test transmission with an all-electronic system broadcast from the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City.
  • September 1 – The anticipated outbreak of World War II brings television broadcasting at the BBC in Britain to an end at 12:35 p.m. after the broadcast of a Mickey Mouse cartoon, Mickeys Gala Premier, various sound and vision test signals, and announcements by presenter Fay Cavendish. It is feared that the VHF waves of television would act as a homing signal for guiding enemy bombers to central London: in any case, the engineers of the television service would be needed for the war effort, particularly for development of radar. The BBC would resume its broadcasting, with the same Mickey Mouse cartoon, after the war in 1946.
  • September 30 – 1939 Waynesburg vs. Fordham football game, the first televised American football game, between college teams Fordham University and Waynesburg College at Randalls Island, New York.
  • August 31 – 18.999 television sets have been sold in England before manufacture stops due to World War II.
  • October 22 – The first National Football League game is televised. The Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
                                     

1. Births

  • April 11 – Louise Lasser, actress, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
  • David Birney, actor, Bridget Loves Bernie
  • February 6 – Mike Farrell, actor, M*A*S*H
  • April 23
  • April 5 - Roger Davis, actor, Alias Smith and Jones
  • January 22 – Jeff Smith, American chef and presenter died 2004
  • April 9 - Michael Learned, actress, The Waltons
  • January 17 – Maury Povich, talk show host
  • April 19 - Ellen Weston, actress, S.W.A.T.
  • Lee Majors, actor, The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
  • April 13 - Paul Sorvino, actor, Law & Order
  • May 1
  • Mark Slade, actor, The High Chaparral
  • April 27 – Judy Carne, actress, comedian, Rowan and Martins Laugh-In died 2015
  • Max Robinson, journalist died 1988
  • July 4 - Ed Bernard, actor, Police Woman, The White Shadow, Hardcastle and McCormick
  • July 10 - Lawrence Pressman, actor, Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • November 15 - Yaphet Kotto, actor, Homicide: Life on the Street
  • August 21 - Clarence Williams III, actor, The Mod Squad
  • October 30 - Danny Goldman, actor, The Smurfs
  • June 9 – Dick Vitale, sportscaster
  • August 22 – Valerie Harper, actress, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda died 2019
  • July 31 – Susan Flannery, actress, Days of Our Lives
  • August 30 - William G. Schilling, actor, Head of the Class died 2019
  • November 20 - Dick Smothers, actor, comedian, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
  • September 1 – Lily Tomlin, actress, comedian, Rowan and Martins Laugh-In
  • December 27 – John Amos, actor, Good Times
  • June 1 – Cleavon Little, actor died 1992
  • August 29 – Joel Schumacher, film director
  • October 31 - Ron Rifkin, actor, Alias, Brothers & Sisters
  • October 7 - Clive James, Australian-born writer, television presenter, talk show host and critic died 2019
  • September 29 – Larry Linville, actor, M*A*S*H died 2000
  • December 28 - Yehoram Gaon, Israeli actor and singer
  • September 18 - Fred Willard, actor, comedian
  • November 11 - Denise Alexander, actress, General Hospital
  • May 25 – Dixie Carter, actress, Designing Women died 2010
                                     
  • This is a list of British television related events from 1939 No events. No events. 4 March The BBC Television Service broadcasts one of the first
  • This is a list of Italian television related events from 1939 2 June: In Milan, at the Leonardo Exhibition of Inventions, the SAFAR Company presents to
  • The year 1939 in film is widely considered the most outstanding one ever, when it comes to the high quality and high attendance at the large set of the
  • 1939 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1939 MCMXXXIX was a common year starting on Sunday of the
  • The 1939 40 New York World s Fair was a world s fair held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, United States. It was the second most expensive
  • Television in Japan was introduced in 1939 However, experiments date back to the 1920s, with Kenjiro Takayanagi s pioneering experiments in electronic
  • The invention of television was the work of many individuals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first practical transmissions of moving images
  • Television was introduced in Poland in 1937. It was state owned, and was interrupted by the Second World War in 1939 Television returned to Poland in
  • had operational television stations and a limited number of viewers by the year 1939 However, in those countries, only very few cities in each country had
  • hosted the first full schedule of college football games in 1940. College football on television 1939 college football season List of historically significant