ON THIS DAY
1520: Montezuma II, last Aztec ruler, was killed in Mexico City during the Spanish conquest. 1800: The Glasgow Police Act, the first such Act in Britain, was finally passed. This allowed the formation of the City of Glasgow Police. 1837: A British Act of Parliament abolished punishment by pillory. 1894: London’s Tower Bridge was officially opened to traffic by the Prince of Wales. 1934: Hitler’s rival Ernst Rohm and hundreds of influential Nazis were murdered by the SS in what was dubbed “The Night of the Long Knives”. 1936: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind was published. 1940: German forces occupied the Channel Islands. 1960: Norman Bates was unleashed onto the world when Hitchcock’s classic chiller Psycho premiered in New York. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Boris Johnson announced he would not stand in the Tory leadership race.