Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This Day in History: August 1

-The Acts of Union 1800 is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1800

-Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into full effect, 1834

-Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state, 1876

-Germany declares war on Russia leading to the start of World War I, 1914

-Islamabad is declared the federal capital of the government of Pakistan, 1960

- Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the world's first democratically elected female head of state, 1980

-MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles, 1981 

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