TDII (Extra!): First TV Transmission Across the Atlantic

Today in 1928, John Logie Baird transmited television pictures across the Atlantic, using a short-wave radio. From the New York Times three days later: “…His success deserves to rank with Marconi’s sending of the letter “s” across the Atlantic – the first intelligible signal ever transmitted from shore to shore in the development of transoceanic radio telegraphy. As a communication Marconi’s “s” was negligible; as a milestone in the onwards sweep of radio, of epochal importance. And so it is with Baird’s first successful effort in transatlantic television. .… Whatever may be the future of television, to Baird belongs the success of having been a leader in its early development.”


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