Today in History – June 30 in History

Today in History – June 30 in History

What happened on this day in history – June 30 in History around the world

1520 Montezuma II is murdered as Spanish conquistadors flee the Aztec capital of Tenochtilan during the night.
1857 Charles Dickens reads from A Christmas Carol at St. Martin’s Hall in London–his first public reading.
1859 Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil, becomes the first man to walk across Niagra Falls on a tightrope.
1908 A mysterious explosion, possibly the result of a meteorite, levels thousands of trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia with a force approaching twenty megatons.
1934 Adolf Hitler orders the purge of his own party in the “Night of the Long Knives.”
1936 Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With the Wind, is published.
1948 John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley demonstrate their invention, the transistor, for the first time.
1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho, opens.
1971 Three Soviet cosmonauts die when their spacecreaft depressurizes during reentry.
Born on June 30
1685 John Gay, poet and playwright (The Beggar’s Opera).
1768 Elizabeth Kortright, later Elizabeth Monroe, first lady to U.S. President James Monroe.
1911 Czeslaw Milosz, Polish poet and critic.
1917 Lena Horne, American singer.
1919 Susan Hayward, actress.
1926 Paul Berg, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist.
1932 Mongo Beti, novelist and political writer.

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