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List of years in television (table)
In radio

The year 1925 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1925.

Global television events

Month Day Event
March 25 John Logie Baird performed the first public demonstration of his "televisor" at the Selfridges department store on London's Oxford Street. The demonstrations of moving silhouette images continued through April. The system consisted of 30 lines and 12.5 pictures per second.[1]
June 13 Charles Francis Jenkins achieves the first synchronized transmission of a moving silhouette (shadowgraphs) and sound, using 48 lines, and a mechanical system. A 10-minute movie of a miniature windmill in motion was sent across 8 kilometers from Anacostia to Washington, DC. The images were viewed by representatives of the National Bureau of Standards, the United States Navy, the Department of Commerce, and others. Jenkins termed this "the first public demonstration of radiovision".
July 13 Vladimir Zworykin applies for a patent for color television.[2]
c. August–October Zworykin first demonstrates his electric camera tube and receiver for Westinghouse corporation executives, transmitting the still image of an "X". The picture is said to be dim, with low contrast and poor definition.
October 2 John Baird achieves the first live television image with tone graduations (not silhouette or duotone images) in his laboratory. Baird brings office boy William Taynton in front of the camera to become the first face televised. But the rate of five images per second does not show realistic movement.[3]


Date Name Notability
January 8 Steve Holland U.S. actor (died 1997)
January 11 Grant Tinker U.S. producer, NBC network executive, "The Man Who Saved NBC" (died 2016)
January 12 Katherine MacGregor U.S. actress (Little House on the Prairie) (died 2018)
January 23 Danny Arnold U.S. producer, actor and stand-up comedian (died 1995)
January 28 Scotty Bloch U.S. actress (died 2018)
February 27 William David Powell American television writer (died 1968)
April 22 George Cole U.K. actor (Minder) (died 2015)
Ken Coleman Sportcaster
May 2 Roscoe Lee Browne U.S. actor (died 2007)
June 1 Richard Erdman U.S. actor (died 2019)
June 19 Charlie Drake U.K. comic performer (The Worker) (died 2006)
June 25 June Lockhart U.S. actress (Lassie, Lost in Space)
July 6 Merv Griffin U.S. talk show host, producer (Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune) (died 2007)
John Rich U.S. producer (died 2005)
August 15 Mike Connors U.S. actor (Mannix) (died 2017)
August 22 Honor Blackman U.K. actor (The Avengers) (died 2020)
August 29 Dick Cusack U.S. actor (died 2003)
October 16 Angela Lansbury U.K. actress (Murder, She Wrote)
October 19 Bernard Hepton U.K. actor, director (Colditz, The Six Wives of Henry VIII) (died 2018)
October 23 Johnny Carson U.S. comedian, talk show host (The Tonight Show) (died 2005)
October 27 Mary Kay Stearns U.S. actress (Mary Kay and Johnny) (died 2018)[4]
November 4 Doris Roberts U.S. actress (died 2016)
November 6 Nan Winton U.K. news presenter (died 2019)
November 11 June Whitfield U.K. comic actress (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous) (died 2018)
November 17 Rock Hudson U.S. actor (McMillan and Wife) (died 1985)[5]
November 24 Stephen Hancock U.K. actor (Coronation Street) (died 2015)[6]
November 25 Jack Clark American game show host (died 1988)
November 29 Robert Hardy U.K. actor (All Creatures Great and Small) (died 2017)
December 13 Dick Van Dyke U.S. entertainer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis: Murder)


  1. ^ Cooke, Lez (2015). British Television Drama: A History. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 9.
  2. ^ Zworykin, Vladimir (November 13, 1928) [filed 1925]. "Television System". Patent No. 1,691,324. United States Patent Office. Retrieved July 28, 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ R. W. Burns, Television: An International History of the Formative Years, p. 264.
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 8, 2019). "Mary Kay Stearns, 93, a Star of One of TV's Earliest Shows, Dies". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Rock Hudson, Screen Idol, Dies at 59".
  6. ^ "Stephen Hancock obituary". November 3, 2015.