Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

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Today in History
June 30


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.