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Here’s why we celebrate World Television Day 2020
By Jhoemz Vercide 20 Nov 2020 409

Did you know that there’s a specific day in a year that we celebrate televisions?

In 1996, the United Nations general assembly declared November 21 as the ‘World Television Day’. The UN recognized television as having an increased impact on decision making as well as being an ambassador for the entertainment industry.


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Television is part of our lives. It’s a symbol of communication and globalization that educates, informs, entertains, and influences our decisions and opinions from time to time, isn’t it fantastic that a square-shaped non-living thing object plays a vital role in our lives?

Now, let’s stroll down memory lane and dig up from the wonderful history of television.



In 1927, a 21-year-old Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the first electronic television in the world.  According to, He lived in a home without electricity until he was 14 years old. In high school, he began to think of a system that could capture moving pictures, change them into a code, and then move those images with radio waves to different devices.

From the accounts of history, it said that he was years ahead of the mechanical television system as his structure captured moving images using a beam of electrons. Farnsworth later famously transmitted the image of a dollar sign using his television.


Eugene Polly, an employee at Zenith Electronics, created the first-ever remote control. The first TV with a remote control entered the market in 1950. It was not anywhere close to the remotes we have today. Instead, it was connected to the TV using a wire. 

 In a write-up published by IndiaTV, it says that the television industry saw the real potential when the first commercial was aired on July 1, 1941, in the United States about Bulova, a watchmaker.

Fast forward to the early years of colored televisions, after years of black and white televisions, a Colour TV finally arrived in the market in March 1954. Westinghouse produced the first color TV set. In its initial days, only 500 units were available, and it was priced at around Rs. 6,000 at that time. 

Today, television has drastically evolved as the emerging trends of technology gradually invade the systems and processes, far away from the years of the mechanical manual.


I know it sounds weird that the world celebrates this day but yes, the United Nations has seen its significant role in our lives as it tremendously shapes us holistically.

The first World Television Forum on November 21, 1996, where leading media figures met to discuss the growing significance of television in the rapidly changing world and consider how they might enhance their mutual cooperation.

 Because of this event according to the National Today, the UN General Assembly decided to name November 21 World Television Day, not to celebrate the object itself, but the symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world that it represents.

 To fully celebrate the day, you can share your favorite TV moment, have a TV-themed night, and go ahead and binge as part of the activities listed by the organization.

 Today’s ‘significant’ event is an indication that we give value to things that make our lives easier and enjoyable, truly a good move to be grateful for in the age of modern-day.

 Happy ‘World Television Day’, TV addicts!

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