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From 1895 through 1929, communications took a giant step forward.
Two inventions made that great leap possible: first radio and then television.
Italian Guglielmo Marconi gets credit for building the first radio, in 1895. In fact, many people used to call their radios “Marconis.” Thirty-four years later, a Russian inventor living in the U.S. made the next great stride forward. In 1929, Vladimir Zworykin demonstrated the first all-electric television system. His system was the standard for decades, but today’s TVs are way different. Most turn digital signals from cable or satellite into pictures and sound.