August 1st

2011
The U.S. House of Representatives passed, 269-161, emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.
Budget Control Act of 2011
2005
King Fahd of Saudi Arabia died. Crown Prince Abdullah, the king's half-brother, became the country's new monarch.
Fahd of Saudi Arabia
1995
Westinghouse Electric Corp. struck a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
1988
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program.
Rush Limbaugh
1981
Music Television is launched. The channel, popularly known as MTV was mostly known for showing music videos and for being hosted by Video Jockeys.
MTV
1980
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir takes office in Iceland. The Icelandic politician was the fourth president of Iceland and the world's first democratically elected female head of state. Her 16 years of Presidency also makes her the longest serving female head of state in the world.
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
1966
Charles Joseph Whitman shot and killed 14 people at the University of Texas before he was gunned down by police.
Charles Whitman
1958
US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st begins transit of North Pole 'operation Sunshine.
USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
1951
Japan Airlines (JAL) is founded. The flagship airlines of Japan, JAL started operating on October 25, 1951
Japan Airlines
1946
President Truman signed the congressional acts that established the Atomic Energy Commission and the Fulbright Scholarship program.
Atomic Energy Act of 1946
1944
An uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation.
Warsaw Uprising
1943
Race-related rioting erupted in New York City's Harlem section, resulting in several deaths.
Mass racial violence in the United States
1942
Rock musician Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead was born in San Francisco.
Jerry Garcia
1936
The XI Summer Olympics are opened in Berlin by Adolf Hitler. Initially, Jews and people of African descent were to be barred from the games, however, a boycott was threatened by several countries and the German organizers relented. 18 African-American athletes, including James "Jesse" Owens and Matthew "Mack" Robinson, placed well in the track and field events, winning several medals.
1936 Summer Olympics
1914
Germany declared war on Russia at the onset of World War I.
Timeline of World War I
1876
Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state.
State of Colorado
1834
Slavery abolished in British Empire. The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force a year after it was passed by the British Parliament. The act was repealed in 1998.
Slavery Abolition Act 1833
1790
The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people.
1790 United States Census
1774
Joseph Priestley, English theologian, chemist and author discovers oxygen.
Joseph Priestley
1086
Results of the Domesday inquiry presented to William the Conqueror in Salisbury (the date of compilation and the Great Domesday are historically contestable).
William the Conqueror
527
Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
Justinian I