1927 in television

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The year 1927 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1927.

Global television events[edit]

Month Day Event
January 07 Philo Farnsworth applies for an image dissector tube patent, which used caesium to produce images electronically.
April 07 Bell Telephone Company transmits a speech by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover 320 kilometers over telephone lines, which becomes the first successful long distance demonstration of television. Experimental station 3XN in Whippany, New Jersey is used to transmit 1,575 kHz video and 1,450 kHz radio. The system uses a flying-spot scanner, and is seen on Nipkow disc receivers with two-inch, 50-line images, and on a two-foot neon tube display. It was developed by Herbert E. Ives and Frank Gray. Edna Mae Horner, an operator at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, assisted the transmission and became the first woman on television; she helped guests in Washington, D.C., exchange greetings with the audience in New York [1]. Throughout the presentation, viewers in New York could see and hear Edna [2].
May 23 The first demonstration of television before a large audience. Nearly 600 members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers view the demonstration at the Bell Telephone Building in New York City.
24 John Logie Baird transmits a television signal from London to Glasgow by telephone line.
September 07 Philo Farnsworth achieves an experimental electronic television image, of a straight line, at his laboratory at 202 Green Street in San Francisco.[1]
20 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first ever system for recording television. His Phonovision VideoDisc apparatus records 30-line television pictures and sound on conventional 78 rpm gramophone records.


Date Name Notability
January 3 William Boyett U.S. actor (Adam-12) (died 2004)
January 17 Eartha Kitt U.S. actress and singer (died 2008)
January 19 Nancy Dickerson Whitehead U.S. radio and television journalist (died 1997)
January 27 Jerry Haynes U.S. actor ("Mr Peppermint") (died 2011)
February 15 Carlos Romero U.S. actor (died 2007)
Harvey Korman U.S. actor and comedian (The Carol Burnett Show) (died 2008)
February 16 June Brown English actress (EastEnders) (died 2022)[2]
March 5 Jack Cassidy U.S. actor (died 1976)
March 31 William Daniels U.S. actor (Knight Rider, St. Elsewhere, Boy Meets World)
April 1 Peter Cundall Australian horticulturist and presenter (Gardening Australia) (died 2021)
May 4 Terry Scott English actor and comedian (died 1994)
May 5 Pat Carroll U.S. actress (died 2022)
May 11 Bernard Fox Welsh-U.S. actor (Hogan's Heroes, Bewitched) (died 2016)
May 17 Marilyn Hall Canadian-born American television producer (died 2017)
May 22 Michael Constantine U.S. actor (Room 222) (died 2021)
May 30 Clint Walker U.S. actor and singer (Cheyenne) (died 2018)
June 4 Geoffrey Palmer English actor (As Time Goes By) (died 2020)
June 7 Mária Kráľovičová Slovak actress (Do videnia, Lucienne!) (died 2022)
June 8 Jerry Stiller U.S. comedian and actor (Stiller and Meara, Seinfeld) (died 2020)
June 27 Cino Tortorella Italian presenter (Zecchino d'Oro) (died 2017)
July 4 Neil Simon U.S. writer, playwright, and author (Your Show of Shows, The Phil Silvers Show, The Odd Couple) (died 2018)
July 7 Doc Severinsen U.S. bandleader (The Tonight Show)
August 30 Bill Daily U.S. actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show) (died 2018)
September 16 Peter Falk U.S. actor (Columbo) (died 2011)
September 29 Cid Moreira Brazilian journalist and presenter
October 1 Tom Bosley U.S. actor (Happy Days, Murder, She Wrote) (died 2010)
October 14 Roger Moore English actor (The Saint) (died 2017)
October 16 Eileen Ryan Actress
November 3 Peggy McCay U.S. actress (Days of Our Lives) (died 2018)
November 20 Estelle Parsons U.S. actress (Roseanne)
November 28 Chuck Mitchell U.S. actor (died 1992)
November 29 Vin Scully U.S. sportscaster (died 2022)
November 30 Robert Guillaume U.S. actor (Soap, Benson, Sports Night) (died 2017)


  1. ^ Farnsworth first electronic video image Archived August 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Whitmore, Greg (April 4, 2022). "June Brown: a life in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved April 4, 2022.