August 1, 1914 – The Great War erupts

August 1, 1914 – The Great War erupts

On August 1, 1914, four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, two more great European powers—Russia and Germany—declare war on each other; the same day, France orders a general mobilization.

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August 1, 1981 – MTV makes its maiden broadcast

August 1, 1981 – MTV makes its maiden broadcast

“If advertisers make the video disco channel a success, the implications for cable television and the recording industry could be far reaching,” wrote a New York Times business columnist in the summer of 1981 about the upcoming premiere of a new cable television network dedicated exclusively to popular music.

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