Dec. 13, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Friday, December 13
. The important holiday business of viewing such classics as "
It's A Wonderful Life
" and "
A Christmas Story
" from the comfort of home owes much to a technological advance this month 75 years ago. In
, Russian-American engineer Vladimir Zworykin was awarded two patents for cathode ray tubes. One was for the iconoscope to capture video images. The other was for the kinescope, which displayed television and computer monitor images for decades until the advent of flat panel screens. Zworykin was not one to rest on these laurels, as in 1940 he invented the electron microscope. Whatever the ills of TV programming, obviously the American people consider it an appliance for a wonderful life. More than 98 percent of U.S. households own at least one set, a percentage that has held steady for years.
is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 7771 & 6800
is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau