Today in history – August 1, 2019

1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.

1790 – The first U.S. Census showed a population of 3,929,214 people in 17 states.

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.

1876 – Colorado is admitted as the 38th state.

1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.

1911 – Harriet Quimby takes her pilot’s test and becomes the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator’s certificate.

1914 – The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire at the opening of World War I.

1936 – The Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

1971 – The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by former Beatle George Harrison, is held at Madison Square Garden.

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the U.S. and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.