On This Day … 07 September [2022]


Events

  • 1927 – The first fully electronic television system is achieved by Philo Farnsworth.

People (Births)

  • 1926 – Samuel Goldwyn Jr., American director and producer (d. 2015).
  • 1993 – Taylor Gray, American actor.

Philo Farnsworth

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (19 August 1906 to 11 March 1971) was an American inventor and television pioneer.

He made many crucial contributions to the early development of all-electronic television. He is best known for his 1927 invention of the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the image dissector, as well as the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system. Farnsworth developed a television system complete with receiver and camera – which he produced commercially through the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation from 1938 to 1951, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In later life, Farnsworth invented a small nuclear fusion device, the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor, employing inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC). Like all fusion devices, it was not a practical device for generating nuclear power, although it provides a viable source of neutrons. The design of this device has been the inspiration for other fusion approaches, including the Polywell reactor concept. Farnsworth held 300 patents, mostly in radio and television.

Samuel John Goldwyn Jr.

Samuel John Goldwyn Jr. (07 September 1926 to 09 January 2015) was an American film producer.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Frances Howard (born Frances Howard McLaughlin; 1903-1976) and the pioneer motion picture mogul Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974). He attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the University of Virginia.

After serving in the United States Army during World War II, he worked as a theatrical producer in London and for Edward R. Murrow at CBS in New York. He then followed in his father’s footsteps and founded the motion picture production companies Formosa Productions, The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

In 1950 Goldwyn married actor Jennifer Howard (1925-1993), the daughter of prominent author and screenwriter Sidney Howard. The couple had four children including actor Tony Goldwyn and studio executive John Goldwyn. They divorced in 1968 and he married a second time to Peggy Elliot with whom he had two children. That marriage ended in divorce. At the time of his death he was married to his third wife, Patricia Strawn.

Goldwyn died of congestive heart failure on 09 January 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88.

Taylor Gray

Taylor Arthur Gray (born 07 September 1993) is an American actor, best known for playing Ezra Bridger on the animated television series Star Wars Rebels, and Bucket in the Nickelodeon series Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.

He also played animator Friz Freleng in the 2015 film Walt Before Mickey, and the lead role of Brian in the 2012 film Thunderstruck with professional basketball player Kevin Durant.

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