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Yes, I will correct the list member who stated that the first non-experimental tv showing was in 1922. He is referring to Marconi's wireless radio service. The technical history of television is really quite fascinating.
 
According to the BBC website:
"John Logie Baird had given the first public demonstration of low-definition television back in 1925. There had been experimental transmissions from a studio in Broadcasting House since 1932. On 2 November 1936 the BBC opened the world's first regular service of high-definition television from Alexandra Palace in North London, known affectionately as Ally Pally. Not many people could pick up the "flickering" rays of the first programmes on their 10-inch televisions. The transmissions reached only the 20,000 homes with a television within a 35-mile range of Alexandra Palace. The first sets cost about 100, the same price as a small car."
 
There is a link to a clip of George VI's coronation at http://www.bbc.co.uk/heritage/story/1930s2.shtml
 
There are some excellent tv timelines at http://www.tvhistory.tv/index.html and http://members.aol.com/jeff560/chronotv.html. The second is only US and first is worldwide.
 
Marlyn Robinson
University of Texas School of Law
Mason & Assoc. - Small Screen Lawyers http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/lpop/tv/

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