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1928 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 13 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • Jul 2 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 26 Actress Mary Astor (21) weds director Kenneth Hawks (30) at her family home in Moorcrest
  • Jun 15 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)
  • Nov 24 Actor John Barrymore (46) marries third wife silent screen actress Dolores Costello (25) (divorced 1935)

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1928

  • Jan 27 Marie Verstraete, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • Jun 22 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), dies from pernicious anemia at 46
  • Jul 21 Ellen Alice Terry, British Shakespearean actress and director (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81
  • Aug 10 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), dies from septic poisoning at 31

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