On this Day August 1
1971 – “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” premieres on CBS. The variety show, hosted by husband and wife pop duo Sonny & Cher, runs for three seasons. It returns in 1976 as “The Sonny & Cher Show” following the couple’s divorce.
1981 – Music Television, better known as MTV, launches and introduces the world to a new form of entertainment known as the music video. Five VJs, or video jockeys, host: J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter. The first music video played is “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.
1941 – The first Jeep is manufactured. Built for the U.S. Army to use in World War II, it is known as the Willys MA and features a gearshift on the steering column, low side body cutouts, two circular instrument clusters on the dashboard, and a hand brake on the left side.
1966 – Carnage on the University of Texas campus in Austin, as ex-Marine Charles Whitman opens fire on passersby from the observation deck of the UT tower. Seventeen people, including Whitman, are killed, and 31 others are injured. The attack introduces a stunned nation to the term “mass shooting.”
1996 – American sprinter Michael Johnson breaks the world record in the 200 meters to win gold at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. This came three days after winning the 400 meters, making him the first man in history to win both events at the Olympics.
Own a Piece of This Day
A Hard Day's Night - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Both a soundtrack to the dazzling Richard Lester-directed film and a triumphant musical production unto itself, this was the first album to contain music written exclusively by John Lennon and Paul McCartney as well as the band’s first foray into four-track recording.
Video Killed The Radio Star
This is the song that made pop culture history as the first music video ever played on Music Television (MTV) when the channel launched on August 1, 1981. The track, by The Buggles, also soared to the top of 16 international music charts.
Jeep: The History of America's Greatest Vehicle
From olive drab WWII military relics to the beloved Wrangler with its rear-mounted spare tire, open-air design, and telltale roll cage, the Jeep is a true automotive classic. Author Patrick R. Foster chronicles over 70 years of Jeep vehicle design and production.
A Sniper in the Tower
In an era of seemingly ever larger public massacres and fiendish acts of terrorism, author Gary Lavergne masterfully investigates the first such crime that seared the American conscience, Charles Whitman’s 1966 rampage at the University of Texas in Austin.
Road to Perdition
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman’s son witnesses what his father does for a living. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Tom Hanks, this towering motion picture achievement has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Co-starring Paul Newman and Jude law, “Road to Perdition” weaves a mesmerizing tale of a father and son bound together by tragedy and betrayal.
In this Herman Melville classic, Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on the albino sperm whale Moby Dick, which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab’s ship and severed his leg at the knee. Although the novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of Melville’s death in 1891, its reputation grew immensely during the 20th century.