MTV launched on August 1, 1981. Enjoy some archival video from the maiden voyage:
MTV launch video with Mark Goodman introducing the VJs
Clearer video of the MTV launch, followed by a snippet of the first video MTV ever played--The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star"
A few years ago, footage of MTV's initial airing of "Video Killed The Radio Star" was uploaded onto You Tube, but it was recently pulled down. Not only was the MTV footage pulled, but the Buggles' original music video was also wiped off of You Tube (try searching for it yourself--a live performance from 1979 is the closest you'll get to finding the original music video.) Thanks to an uploader, the original video has re-surfaced on Daily Motion and you can watch it below:
The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star by rvdgu2006
Do you remember the second and third videos MTV played? Watch archival footage featuring video #2 and video #3 below