Today in 1926, John Logie Baird conducted the first public demonstration of a television system that could broadcast live moving images with tone graduation.
Two days later, The Times of London wrote: “Members of the Royal Institution and other visitors to a laboratory in an upper room in Frith-Street, Soho… saw a demonstration of apparatus invented by Mr. J.L. Baird, who claims to have solved the problem of television. They were shown a transmitting machine, consisting of a large wooden revolving disc containing lenses, behind which was a revolving shutter and a light sensitive cell… The image as transmitted was faint and often blurred, but substantiated a claim that through the ‘Televisor’ as Mr.Baird has named his apparatus, it is possible to transmit and reproduce instantly the details of movement, and such things as the play of expression on the face. ”