01 August, 1981 – Music Television was launched

The channel, popularly known as MTV was mostly known for showing music videos and for being hosted by Video Jockeys.

02 August, 1870 – World's first underground railway opened

The Tower Subway beneath river Thames in London opened its doors for passengers. The subway was closed within a few months because of bankruptcy.

03 August, 1946 – World's first theme park opened its doors in Santa Claus, USA

The Santa Claus Land is now known as the Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

04 August, 1914 – Britain declared war on Germany

Seen by many as the decision that began the First World War, Britain declared war on Germany after Germany refused to accept its ultimatum of getting out of Belgium.

05 August, 1962 – Nelson Mandela was arrested

After a year-long trial, Mandela was imprisoned at the infamous Robben Island prison where he spent the next 18 years. He was released from prison in 1990 after spending 28 years as a political prisoner.

06 August, 1926 – First woman to swim across the English Channel

Gertrude Ederle, an American Olympic swimmer swam across the English Channel between England and France, in 14 hours and 34 minutes.

07 August, 1974 – Daredevil walks a high wire between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center

French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who was 24 years old at the time, walked 8 times across a high wire between the two towers in 45 minutes.