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Timeline of British Television
 
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1936

20 January

Death of George V.

9 May

Actor Albert Finney born in Salford, Manchester

17 June

Director Ken Loach born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire

18 July

A military uprising in Spain led by General Francisco Franco leads to the Spanish Civil War.

26 August

Demonstrations of the John Logie Baird and Marconi-EMI systems at the Radiolympia exhibition in London

5 October

Jarrow march begins, with unemployed workers marching to London to state their grievances directly to the Prime Minister. It ends six days later with Stanley Baldwin refusing to meet the marchers.

2 November

BBC officially launches the world's first regular high-definition television service. For a trial period, the 405-line Marconi-EMI system and the 240-line John Logie Baird system are used during alternate weeks

2 November

BBC television's inaugural programme, including black song-and-dance double act Buck and Bubbles

1937

6 February

The Marconi-EMI system is chosen over John Logie Baird's for BBC Television

12 May

George VI's coronation procession televised - the first use of TV outside broadcast van

21 June

Wimbledon tennis championships are televised for the first time

20 July

Broadcasting pioneer Guglielmo Marconi dies

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