Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital, for the first time.
English astronomer and mathematician Edmond Halley born in Haggerston, Middlesex, England.
He was the second Astronomer Royal of Britain best known for computing the orbit of Halley's Comet.
English poet John Milton (Paradise Lost) passes away in London.
Author Bram Stoker (Dracula) born in Dublin.
American artist Charles Demuth born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Writer Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind) born in Atlanta, Georgia.
Adolf Hitler tries to take over the Bavarian state government in what is called the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich.
It fails and Hitler is sent to prison.
German dictator Adolf Hitler escapes an assassination attempt while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich.
Singer Rickie Lee Jones born in Chicago.
John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon to become the 35th president of the United States.
The right ear of kidnapped teen John Paul Getty III is delivered to an Italian newspaper together with a ransom note.
If the kidnappers didn't get the money, they would return him in pieces.
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