- 1939 – NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s N.Y. World’s Fair opening day ceremonial address.
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The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles (at 10 Universal City Plaza), and Chicago (at the NBC Tower). Along with ABC and CBS, NBC is one of the traditional “Big Three” American television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Network”, in reference to its stylised peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company’s innovations in early colour broadcasting; it became a part of the network’s official emblem in 1979 before being modified to its current form in 1986.
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1939 New York World’s Fair
The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair was a world’s fair held at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, United States.
It was the second-most expensive American world’s fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis’s Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of “Dawn of a New Day”, and it allowed all visitors to take a look at “the world of tomorrow”.
When World War II began four months into the 1939 World’s Fair, many exhibits were affected, especially those on display in the pavilions of countries under Axis occupation. After the close of the fair in 1940, many exhibits were demolished or removed, though some buildings were retained for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, held at the same site.