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Monday, August 13, 1888. :   John Logie Baird, inventor of television, is born.

     John Logie Baird was born on 13 August 1888 in Helensburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, which later became the University of Strathclyde, and the University of Glasgow, but the eruption of WWI prevented him from completing his degree. Baird experimented with the transmission of both static and moving pictures using ventriloquists' dummies. The first moving image was transmitted on 30 October 1925. Baird's first public demonstration of successful transmission, on 27 January 1926, showed two dummies' heads moving.

Baird called his pictorial-transmission machine a "televisor," and it used mechanical rotating disks to scan moving images into electronic impulses. A number of inventors including Paul Gottlieb Nipkow and Boris Rosing contributed towards the development of television, but Baird was the first to transmit clearly discernible images. Baird died on 14 June 1946.

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