1930 in television

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List of years in television (table)

The year 1930 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1930.

Global television events[edit]

  • May 22 – An audience at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York becomes the first to see a closed-circuit television signal projected onto a big screen.
  • July 14 – For the first time in the United Kingdom, a television drama is broadcast. The drama is a production of Luigi Pirandello's The Man With the Flower in His Mouth; it is broadcast by the BBC from Baird's studios at 133 Long Acre, London.[1]
  • November 5 – Baird television transmissions at Hairdressing Fair of Fashion include the world's first television commercial for the Eugène Method of permanent hair waving.
  • December 7 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts broadcasts the first television commercial in the United States, of I.J Fox Furriers during The Fox Trappers.


Month Day Name Occupation/Accolades
January 3 Robert Loggia U.S. actor (died 2015)
4 Sorrell Booke U.S. actor (died 1994)
Rosemary Prinz U.S. actress, As the World Turns
6 Vic Tayback U.S. actor, Alice (died 1990)
February 8 Alejandro Rey Argentinian-born actor, The Flying Nun (died 1987)
10 Robert Wagner U.S. actor, It Takes a Thief, Switch, Hart to Hart
March 30 John Astin U.S. actor, The Addams Family
April 7 Andrew Sachs German-born British actor (died 2016)
19 Dick Sargent U.S. actor, Bewitched (died 1994)
23 Alan Oppenheimer U.S. actor
25 Lynn Hamilton U.S. actress, Sanford and Son
28 Carolyn Jones U.S. actress, The Addams Family (died 1983)
May 10 Pat Summerall American football player and sportscaster (died 2013)
31 Clint Eastwood U.S. director and actor, Rawhide
June 12 Jim Nabors U.S. actor, singer, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (died 2017)
July 14 Polly Bergen U.S. actress (died 2014)
17 Ray Galton British writer
August 16 Frank Gifford American football player and sportscaster (died 2015)
Robert Culp U.S. actor, I Spy (died 2010)
25 Graham Jarvis U.S. actor (died 2003)
28 Ben Gazzara U.S. actor, Run for Your Life (died 2012)
September 11 Cathryn Damon U.S. actress (died 1987)
16 Anne Francis U.S. actress, Honey West (died 2011)
November 3 Larry Gelman U.S. actor, The Bob Newhart Show
15 Whitman Mayo U.S. actor, Sanford and Son (died 2001)
December 4 Ronnie Corbett British comedian (died 2016)
9 Buck Henry U.S. writer, actor, director
21 Phil Roman U.S. animator



  1. ^ Elen, Richard G. "TV Technology 2. Television on the Air". Screenonline. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^ Oakes, Elizabeth (2009), A to Z of STS Scientists. Infobase publishing, pp. 51.