MTV Europe was launched in 1987, Elton John hit the switch to turn on the channel in Amsterdam. The very first video shown was "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits. Currently the original MTV Europe signal is only shown in a few European countries. Instead most European countries have their own local version of the channel.
- On May 21, 1996, Kermit, Gonzo, and Miss Piggy appeared on MTV Europe's live show Hanging Out to take calls from the audience. The show was hosted by VJ Davina McCall.
- On November 16, 2000, The Swedish Chef showed Wyclef Jean how to bake a MTV Music Award, at the Europe MTV Music Awards in Stockholm, Sweden.