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The First Television Ever Invented

Today we flip through the thousands of channels on our satellite televisions, loudly exclaim that there is nothing on the tube and throw our state of the arts universal remote controls down on the couch. There was a time, however, when there was no such thing as a television, much less DVRs to record hundreds of hours of shows. Yes. I know. It is hard to believe.

The television was not invented by one person like the light bulb. Instead it was the inventions of two men that over time came together to become the first modern day television. John Logie Baird of Scotland was the first to come up with the idea of a "television transmitter" and created the first television using the inventions of others. Baird began to show off his invention, in 1923 and after some perfecting the television began to be commercialized. By 1936, the BBC began television broadcasting using the Baird television. In 1939, there were a reported 20,000 television sets in London alone. While the invention was genius, it was also unreliable. Read More Here

In 1928, the young American Philo Farnsworth made the first (reliable and working) television system. Though others had a hand in it and many attempted to produce their own versions of the television, Farnsworth is credited with inventing the modern day television off of which the first wide spread commercial production was made. By the 1940's televisions began to be mass produced and pretty soon nearly everyone had one.

Decades later, television has transformed not only into the box of millions of shows and movies but also spawned into small cell phone receivers, Video iPods, user generated video like YouTube and even interactive TV like the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation2 Eye Capture.