|List of years in television (table)|
| … 1921 . 1922 . 1923 . 1924 . 1925 . 1926 . 1927 …|
1928 1929 1930 -1931- 1932 1933 1934
… 1935 . 1936 . 1937 . 1938 . 1939 . 1940 . 1941 …
In radio: 1928 1929 1930 -1931- 1932 1933 1934
In film : 1928 1929 1930 -1931- 1932 1933 1934
The year 1931 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1931.
- May 1 - The first wedding is broadcast on television, on New York City's W2XCR.
- July 21 - CBS's station W2XAB began broadcasting 28 hours a week in New York City. 
- August - At the Berlin Radio Show, Manfred von Ardenne gives the world's first public demonstration of a television system using a cathode-ray tube for both transmission and reception. Ardenne never develops a camera tube, using the CRT instead as a flying-spot scanner to scan slides and film.
- October 30 - NBC installs a television transmitter on top of the Empire State Building.
- November 1 - Television images are transmitted from JOAK radio station in Tokyo, Japan by Professors Kenjiro Takayagani and Tomomasa Nakashima. The still images comprise 80 lines at 20 frames per second.
- December 22 - NBC begins broadcasting experimental test transmissions from the Empire State Building transmitter.
- December 23 - Don Lee Broadcasting signs on W6XAO (later KTSL) from Los Angeles with low-definition electromechanical television, broadcasting one hour of film footage, six days per week.
- Canada's first television station, VE9EC, begins broadcasting in Montreal, Quebec. VE9EC was owned jointly by radio station CKAC and the newspaper La Presse.
- The Television Ghost premieres on the experimental W2XAB (1931–1933).
|The Television Ghost||1931||1933|
- January 13 - Charles Nelson Reilly, actor, game show panelist (d. 2007)
- January 14 -[Himanshu Dev],engineer
- January 17 - James Earl Jones, actor
- January 19 - Robert MacNeil, news reporter
- February 13 - Geoff Edwards, game show host
- March 11 - Rupert Murdoch, media mogul
- March 22 - William Shatner, actor
- March 26 - Leonard Nimoy, actor
- March 27 - David Janssen, actor (d. 1980)
- April 6 - Ivan Dixon, actor (d. 2008)
- April 26 - Bernie Brillstein, agent, producer (d. 2008)
- May 23 - Barbara Barrie, actress
- June 8 - Dana Wynter, actress
- June 14 - Marla Gibbs, actress
- June 20 - Martin Landau, actor
- July 6 - Della Reese, actress, singer
- July 8 - Roone Arledge, producer (d. 2002)
- July 27 - Jerry Van Dyke, actor
- July 28 - Darryl Hickman, actor
- August 25 - Regis Philbin, talk show host
- September 4 - Mitzi Gaynor, singer, actress
- September 10 - Philip Baker Hall, actor
- September 13 - Barbara Bain, actress
- September 21 - Larry Hagman, actor
- September 30 - Angie Dickinson, actress
- October 31 - Dan Rather, news reporter
- November 8 - Morley Safer, news reporter
- November 12 - Dick Clair, writer (d. 1988)
- December 3 - Jaye P. Morgan, game show panelist
- December 11 - Rita Moreno, actress
- December 23 - Ronnie Schell, comedian
- December 28 - Martin Milner, actor
- ↑ Albert Abramson, Zworykin: Pioneer of Television, University of Illinois Press, 1995, p. 111.
- ↑ "CRTC Origins". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2008-09-05. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/backgrnd/brochures/b19903.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-15.