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Aug. 1, 1981 MTV launches with the premiere
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Aug. 1, 1981 MTV launches with the premiere of The Buggles' “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The first hour also featured videos from Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, The Who, The Pretenders, Styx, and .38 Special.(Credit: MTV)

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