World Television Day is on November 21. The United Nations in 1996 first declared that this day to be World TV day, and it has been observed every year since.
History of World Television Day
the world’s first electronic television was invented in 1927 by a 21-year-old inventor named Philo Taylor Farnsworth. Ever since then, TV has become the symbol of our time, one of the greatest inventions in human history to spread information around the world.
In December 1996, the United Nations General Assembly decided to name 21st of November the World Television Day, right after the first World TV Forum was held. UN leaders recognized that TV could bring attention to conflicts, raise awareness of threats to peace and security, and sharpen focus on social and economic issues. It was also acknowledged as a major tool in informing, channeling, and affecting public opinion, having an undoubtable presence and influence on world politics. Originally, this day was named by the UN, not to celebrate the television itself, but to recognize the impact television has for communication and globalization in today’s world.
There is no doubt that the invention of television was significant in the history. However, World Television Day is not meant to celebrate television itself, but rather of the impact it brings and the philosophy it represents – the openness and transparency of world issues.
We have to admit that the philosophy that television represents is now largely transformed into the internet. But on World Television Day, it is important for us to remember that television was there first and paved the way for what was to come.
How to celebrate World TV Day
The most obvious way to celebrate World Television Day is by watching TV.
But what should you watch? You can definitely tune to your favorite reality shows and start binging like usual, but wouldn’t you want to switch it up just for THIS particular day? World TV Day is definitely a good time to re-watch and relive some of the greatest moments of television history, pick an all-time classic movie that was rated by millions of people in world, and start enjoying.
Here are Top 20 Movie by iMDb:
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- The Godfather (1972)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- The Godfather Part II (1974)
- 12 Angry Men (1957)
- Schindler’s List (1993)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
- Forrest Gump (1994)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Inception (2010)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- The Matrix (1999)
- Goodfellas (1990)
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
- Se7en (1995)
- Seven Samurai (1954)
If you want to turn the World TV Day into an annual event for you and your loved ones, start planning activities and movies you want to review each year in advance. Pick out a classic, invite your loved ones over for dinner, and enjoying the night together and relaxed!