August 3, 1977 – “The Spy Who Loved Me” released, features Lotus Esprit

August 3, 1977 – “The Spy Who Loved Me” released, features Lotus Esprit

On this day in 1977, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” starring Roger Moore as the suave superspy James Bond, known for his love of fast cars and dangerous women, is released in theaters across America.

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August 2, 1934 – Hitler becomes Führer

August 2, 1934 – Hitler becomes Führer

With the death of German President Paul von Hindenburg, Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.”

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August 2, 1939 – Einstein urges U.S. atomic action

August 2, 1939 – Einstein urges U.S. atomic action

From his home on Long Island, New York, German-born physicist Albert Einstein writes to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging “watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action” on the part of the United States in atomic research.

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August 1, 1914 – The Great War erupts

August 1, 1914 – The Great War erupts

On August 1, 1914, four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, two more great European powers—Russia and Germany—declare war on each other; the same day, France orders a general mobilization.

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August 1, 1981 – MTV makes its maiden broadcast

August 1, 1981 – MTV makes its maiden broadcast

“If advertisers make the video disco channel a success, the implications for cable television and the recording industry could be far reaching,” wrote a New York Times business columnist in the summer of 1981 about the upcoming premiere of a new cable television network dedicated exclusively to popular music.

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July 31, 1964 – Ranger 7 photographs Moon

July 31, 1964 – Ranger 7 photographs Moon

Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, takes the first close-up images of the Moon–4,308 in total–before it impacts with the lunar surface northwest of the Sea of the Clouds.

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