1884 - Paul Nipkow proposed and patented the first mechanical television system. He devised the notion of dissecting the image and transmitting it sequentially. To do this he designed the first television scanning device. He was 24 years old.
John Logie Baird Scottish by birth. Calvinist by upbringing. Loner. Driven. Tireless. Working in obscurity and poverty. He is considered the inventor of mechanical television, basing his system on the the Nipkow Disc.
1924 - He builds a working prototype, the "Televisor."
It has a motor mounted in a tea chest , with a home-made Nipkow disc (a cardboard circle cut from a hat box ), a darning needle for a spindle, and a discarded biscuit box as a lamp housing, all assembled with sealing wax and string .
Apart from the motor, his greatest investments are a few bull's-eye lenses, costing four pence each.
He transmits a silhouette of a cross two or three yards.
October 2, 1925 - In his laboratory, Baird transmits the first grayscale television picture, the head of a ventriloquist's dummy nicknamed "Stooky Bill," in a 30-line vertically scanned image, at five pictures per second.
1927 - Baird sends a cable transmission 438 miles to Glasgow.
1928 - Baird transmits images across the Atlantic Ocean.
1929 - With the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Baird begins experimental broadcasts.
Baird - The Televisor “ The Man With the Flower in His Mouth (1930) - the first televised drama produced in Britain, screened by the BBC as part of their experimental transmissions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJoYskwKxsM