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Did you ever wonder where or how television came to be, how children know how to bully or who was the first TV star? Here are fun facts about television and how it began.

  1. When was television invented? The first television was invented in 1927 by Philo T. Farnsworth a teenager from Idaho. He rotated a straight line scratched on a square of painted glass by 90 degrees and transmitted the first electronic TV picture from Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia to a few blocks away in Wyndmoor, PA where the first TV station W3XPF was located.
  1. Who was the first TV star? The very first TV star in 1928 was Felix the Cat. A Felix the Cat doll was the first image to be transmitted by RCA Research Labs for NBC.
  1. Who was the first African American with their own TV show? In 1939, Ethel Waters hosted The Ethel Waters Show, a one night experimental TV show.
  1. What was the first TV commercial? The first broadcast TV commercial also has a Philadelphia connection. It was for a clock manufactured by Bulova in 1941 during the baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
  1. When did color TV go on sale? Admiral color TVs went on sale in 1953.
  1. When was the first Presidential debates televised? In 1960 the first Presidential debates televised were between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  1. When was the first interracial kiss on TV? The first interracial kiss on TV was in 1968 on Star Trek between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and First Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) in the Plato’s Stepchildren episode.
  1. What show had the first gay character? All in the Family in 1971 had the first gay character in network TV. In 1972 the TV show Corner Bar had the first recurring gay character. And in 1997, the show Ellen had the first lesbian main character.
  1. What was the first TV show to have male nudity? M*A*S*H, in 1973 showed the nude Gary Burghoff who played Private Radar O’Reilly.
  1. Can television cause violence and bullying? According to the Nielson ratings on the average American children spend more time watching murders than time in school. By 18-years-of-age children have seen 18,000 murders on television and have spent only 11,000 hours in school.
When was TV invented?
When was TV invented? Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

When was TV invented?

The first TV was invented in 1927 by Philo T. Farnsworth.  He rotated a straight line scratched on a square of painted glass by 90 degrees and transmitted the first electronic TV picture from Philadelphia to Wyndmoor, PA.

Who was the first TV star?
Who was the first TV star? tumblr.agato

Who was the first TV star?

 The very first TV star in 1928 was Felix the Cat.  A Felix the Cat doll was the first image to be transmitted by RCA Research Labs for NBC.

Who was the first African American with their own TV show?
Who was the first African American with their own TV show? travsd

Who was the first African American with their own TV show?

The first African American to host her own TV show was in 1939, Ethel Waters hosted The Ethel Waters Show, a one night experimental TV show.

What was the first TV commercial?
What was the first TV commercial? Bulova

What was the first TV commercial?

 The first broadcast TV commercial also has a Philadelphia connection.  It was for a clock manufactured by Bulova in 1941 during the baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

When did color TV go on sale?
When did color TV go on sale? tvhistory.com

When did color TV go on sale?

Admiral color TVs went on sale in 1953.  The sales in the beginning were very slow because of high prices and scarcity of color programming.

When was the first Presidential debates televised?
When was the first Presidential debates televised? mholloway63wordpress

When was the first Presidential debates televised?

The first television debates set a precedence for all presidential hopefuls.  In 1960 the first Presidential debates televised were between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

When was the first interracial kiss on TV?
When was the first interracial kiss on TV? blastr.com

When was the first interracial kiss on TV?

 The first interracial kiss on TV was in 1968 on Star Trek between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and First Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) in the Plato’s Stepchildren episode.

What show had the first gay character?
What show had the first gay character? wikiellensitcom

What show had the first gay character?

 All in the Family in 1971 had the first gay character in network TV.  In 1972 the TV show Corner Bar had the first recurring gay character.  And in 1997, the show Ellen had the first lesbian main character.

What was the first TV show to have male nudity?
What was the first TV show to have male nudity? mashwikia

What was the first TV show to have male nudity?

The first TV show to have male nudity was M*A*S*H, in 1973.  They showed the nude Gary Burghoff who played Private Radar O’Reilly, only the back of him of course.

Can television cause bullying?
Can television cause bullying? boston.com

Can television cause bullying?

According to the Nielson ratings on average American children spend more time watching murders than time in school.  By 18-years-of-age children have seen 18,000 murders on television and have spent only 11,000 hours in school.

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