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ⓘ 1938 in television




1938 in television
                                     

ⓘ 1938 in television

  • April 19 – The first televised association football match, England vs. Scotland, shown by the BBC.
  • June 7 - An excerpt from Susan and God was the first Broadway play with its original cast to be broadcast on television. Station W2XBS used exact replicas of the stage sets, with Nancy Coleman, Gertrude Lawrence, and Paul McGrath appearing on the broadcast.
  • June 24 – Test Match Cricket is broadcast for the first time by the BBC, with coverage of the second test of The Ashes series between England and the Australian team, live from Lords Cricket Ground.
  • November 12
  • March 12 – First news bulletin aired by BBC television, in sound only. Previously, the service had broadcast British Movietone News cinema newsreels.
  • November - Due to freak atmospheric conditions, a BBC TV broadcast is received in New York City. A film camera is used to record the silent images which included the performance of a play, a cartoon, and other matter. A four-minute excerpt from this filmed recording survives and is, as of 2014, considered the only surviving example of a pre-war BBC television transmission.
  • October 26 – The first televised ice hockey match, Harringay Racers vs. Streatham Redskins, shown by the BBC.
  • September 29 – License for W9XAT Minneapolis, Minnesota, granted in 1929, expires. Television does not resume in the area for a decade.
  • June – DuMont, an electronics company, introduces television sets in the US, receiving both pictures and sound. $650 for a 10 by 8-in. screen, $395 for 8¼ by 6½ in.
  • May – Communicating Systems, Inc. of New York introduces the first electronic television sets available to the general public in the U.S. Model with 3-inch 76 mm tube is $125–$150, 5-inch tube is $195–$250. Image only; sound apparatus is $15 more. Sets become available in department stores in June.
  • May 12 – W2XBS telecasts the 1937 film Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The staff projectionist accidentally plays the last reel out of order, ending the film 20 minutes early. NBC is unable to obtain the rights to first run movies for many years to follow.
  • NBCs W2XBT broadcasts what is the first telecast of an unscheduled event, a fire on Wards Island near Manhattan.
  • John Logie Baird gives the worlds first public demonstration of a colour television broadcast previous demonstrations of colour television in the UK and US had been via closed circuit. The 120-line image is projected at the Dominion Theatre, London on a 12 by 9 feet 3.7 by 2.7 m screen in front of an audience of 3.000 people.
  • April 23 – The FA Cup Final is televised for the first time by the BBC.
  • May 14 – The first quiz show, Spelling Bee, is televised by the BBC.
  • April 1 – The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is first televised by the BBC.
  • February 11 – BBC Television in England broadcasts the first ever television science-fiction, a 35-minute adaptation of a segment of the play R.U.R. by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek.
  • December 31 – 9.315 television sets are sold in England.
  • December 12 – Start of daily television broadcasting in Moscow USSR.
                                     

1. Debuts

  • December 31 – the first television adaption of Romeo and Juliet is broadcast
  • August 10 – Telecrime UK, the first television crime series, debuts on the BBC 1938–1939; 1946.
                                     

2. Births

  • March 9 - Charles Siebert, actor, director, Trapper John, M.D.
  • February 20 - Richard Beymer, actor, Twin Peaks
  • Roy Thinnes, actor, The Invaders
  • April 6
  • February 1 – Sherman Hemsley, actor, The Jeffersons died 2012
  • January 8 – Bob Eubanks, game show host
  • Paul Daniels, magician died 2016
  • January 13 – Billy Gray, actor, Father Knows Best
  • August 28 - Marla Adams, actress, The Secret Storm, The Young and the Restless
  • June 27 - Ene Riisna, Estonian-American television producer
  • October 27 - Lara Parker, actress, Dark Shadows
  • July 20 – Diana Rigg, actress, The Avengers
  • September 17 – Paul Benedict, actor, The Jeffersons died 2008
  • August 19 - Diana Muldaur, actress, L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • October 22 – Christopher Lloyd, actor, Taxi
  • June 5 - Howard Platt, actor, Sanford and Son
  • August 29 – Elliott Gould, actor
  • December 14 - Hal Williams, actor, Sanford and Son, 227
  • May 24 - Tommy Chong, American-Canadian actor, comedian, That 70s Show
  • December 29 - Jon Voight, actor, Ray Donovan
  • July 29 – Peter Jennings, journalist died 2005
  • December 6 - Patrick Bauchau, actor, The Pretender, House, M.D.
  • August 6 – Peter Bonerz, actor, director, The Bob Newhart Show
  • July 9 – Brian Dennehy, actor
  • November 19 – Ted Turner, network executive
  • December 18 - Roger E. Mosley, actor, Magnum, P.I.
  • April 20 - Tamasi Eszter, Hungarian television announcer and actress died 1991
  • April 28 – Madge Sinclair, actress died 1995
  • August 8 - Connie Stevens, actress, Hawaiian Eye
  • October 18 – Dawn Wells, actress, Gilligans Island
  • June 2 - Ron Ely, actor, Tarzan
  • September 2 – Mary Jo Catlett, actress, Diffrent Strokes, SpongeBob SquarePants
  • July 30 - Michael Bell, actor, voice actor