This Was Television On August 19

1946: TV arrives in Mexico

 The first signal south of the border was broadcast in Mexico City by Guillermo González Camarena, an engineer who later contributed to the development of color television. A month later Camarena founded the country’s first experimental TV station, operating under the call sign XE1GGC-Channel 5. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Adam Arkin, Chicago doc (56); Kevin Dillon, elder Chase (47); Philo Farnsworth, the boy who invented television (d. 1971); Peter Gallagher, Cohen patriarch (57); Gerald McRaney, Major Dad (64); Matthew Perry, Ms. Chanandler Bong (43); Gene Roddenberry, Enterprise launcher (d. 1991); John Stamos, mulleted uncle (49).

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