Cuauhtemoc, last monarch of the Aztec, surrenders the besieged city of Tenochtitlan to Hernán Cortés.
He is received with honors, then later hanged.
The Spanish army then completes the destruction & massacre of Tenochtitlan.
Markswoman Annie Oakley known as Little Sure Shot born in Darke County, Ohio.
Once, while a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she shot the ashes from a cigarette dangling from the mouth of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
Is there anything better than that?
Director Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) born in London, England.
Jazz pianist George Shearing born in london, England.
Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro born in Birán, Cuba.
Al Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner begins syndication.
The Battle of Britain begins when Germany bombs RAF installations in England during World War II.
Walt Disney's Bambi premieres.
Tight rope walker Philippe Petit born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France.
In 1974, he did a high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Photographer Herb Ritts born in Los Angeles.
East German border guards begin construction of Berlin Wall.
XXVIII Summer Olympics open in Athens, Greece.
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