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1520: Mon­tezuma II, the last Aztec ruler, was killed in Mex­ico City dur­ing the Span­ish con­quest of Mex­ico un­der Her­nan Cortez.

1800: The Glas­gow Po­lice Act, the first such Act in Bri­tain, was fi­nally passed through the per­sis­tence of Glas­gow city au­thor­i­ties. This al­lowed the for­ma­tion of the City of Glas­gow Po­lice.

1837: A British Act of Par­lia­ment abol­ished pun­ish­ment by pil­lory.

1859: Tightrope walker Charles Blondin crossed Ni­a­gara Falls from the US to Canada in just eight min­utes. The rope was stretched 1,100ft (335m) and sus­pended 160ft (49m) above the Falls.

1894: Lon­don’s Tower Bridge was of­fi­cially opened to traf­fic by the Prince of Wales.

1934: Adolf Hitler’s ri­val Ernst Rohm and hun­dreds of in­flu­en­tial Nazis were mur­dered by the SS in “The Night of the Long Knives”.

1936: Mar­garet Mitchell’s novel Gone With The Wind was pub­lished.

1940: Ger­man forces oc­cu­pied the Chan­nel Is­lands.

1960: Nor­man Bates was un­leashed on an un­sus­pect­ing world when Al­fred Hitch­cock’s clas­sic chiller Psy­cho was pre­miered in New York.

1974: Soviet-born bal­let dancer Mikhail Barysh­nikov de­fected while on tour in Canada.

BIRTH­DAYS: Vin­cent D’Onofrio, ac­tor, 59; Ru­pert Graves, ac­tor, 55; Gary Pal­lis­ter, former foot­baller, 53; Mike Tyson, re­tired boxer, 52; James Martin, TV chef, 46; Ralf Schu­macher, former rac­ing driver, 43; Ch­eryl Cole, singer, 35.

> Birth­days: from left, James Martin, Ch­eryl Cole and Mike Tyson

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