Today in History: June 30

Today in History: June 30

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1520

Montezuma II is murdered as Spanish conquistadors flee the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan 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 Niagara 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 spacecraft depressurizes during reentry.