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18 October, BBC (British Broadcasting Company) founded

1929
First transmissions of Scottish inventor John Logie Baird's experimental mechanical television system and, in the USA, Philo T. Farnsworth's electronic TV system

1936
22 November, BBC opens the world's first regular high-definition television service, from Alexandra Palace, London

1937
21 June, Wimbledon Tennis Championships first broadcast

1938
30 April, television coverage of the FA Cup Final
31 May, first BBC TV panel game, Spelling Bee
21 September in the UK, News Map

1939
1 September, BBC television service is suspended throughout World War II
30 April, Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first president to appear on TV, opening the World's Fair in the New York
10 June, the first king and queen Elizabeth seen visiting the World's Fair

1941
1 July, the first ever TV commercial, for a Bulova clock, is broadcast by WNBT New York, during a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Philies

1946
1 June, first TV licences are issued in the UK (cost 2 pounds)
7 June, BBC television broadcasts resume
7 July, first British children's TV programme, For the children, is broadcast

1947
21 February, America's first regular daytime serial, or soap opera, A Woman to Remember, begin its run

1948
29 July, London Olympic Games is televised

1951
24 December, in the USA Amahl and The Night Visitors becomes the world's first commercial colour broadcast

1953
2 June, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is watched live by about 20 million people in Britain and as many as 200 million worldwide
11 November, current affairs programme Panorama is launched; goes on to become the longest-running programme on British TV

1954
1 January, the Tournament of Roses parade at Pasadena, California, USA, becomes the first programme ever broadcast coast-to-coast
11 January, first TV weather forecast in the UK, by George Cowling
9 April, Britain's first TV soap opera, The Grove Family

1955
22 September, first TV advert in the UK, for Gibbs SR toothpaste

1957
13 May, first schools programmes broadcast in the UK
25 December, the Queen's first annual TV Christmas message broadcast

1958
16 October, Blue Peter starts, the longest-running children's programme

1969
21 July, first live broadcasts from the Moon (Apollo XI)
15 November, BBC1 and ITV start broadcasting in colour

1981
1 August, MTV launched; The Buggle's Video Killed the Radio Star the first music video to be broadcast

1989
5 February, Sky begins satellite broadcasting in the UK

1997 
9 November, BBC1 begins broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week (previously, TV closed down at night)

2000
18 July, the UK launch of the first series of Big Brother starts a fashion for reality TV

2006
High Definition television (HDTV) becomes available in the UK and other countries

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