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1520

During the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, their leader, Montezuma II, was assassinated.
Cortés called on Montezuma to quell a revolt, but the Aztec ruler was stoned while addressing his subjects.

1559
King Henry II of France is mortally wounded in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery.

1685
English poet and playwright John Gay (The Beggar's Opera) born Barnstaple, England.

1859
Tightrope performer, Charles Blondin becomes the first to cross Niagara Falls on a rope.

1882
Charles J. Guiteau is hanged for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield.

1911
Poet Czeslaw Milosz born in Szetejnie, Lithuania.

1934
Hitler purges the Nazi party of hundreds of SA stormtroopers in what was called Night of the Long Knives.

1936
Folk singer and guitarist Dave Van Ronk born in Brooklyn, New York.

1953

The first Corvette is produced by Chevrolet.

1956
A TWA airliner collided with a United airliner over the Grand Canyon, with 128 fatalities.

2013
Nineteen firefighters die trying to control a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona.


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