31 July, 1981 – First female president of the US National Bar Association is appointed

Arnette R. Hubbard became the first woman to preside over the US National Bar Association, the country's largest group of association of African-American lawyers and judges.

01 August 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.

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. The tunnel is now used for utilities.

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

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

04 August, 1914 – Britain declares 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 is asrrested

The South African anti-apartheid activist was arrested by the Rivonia government. After a year-long trial, Mandela was imprisoned at the Robben Island prison where he spent the next 18 years.

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

Gertrude Ederle, an American Olympic swimmer swam across the English channel, a body of water between England and France, in 14 hours and 34 minutes.