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ON THIS DAY.

| 1520: Montezuma II, last Aztec ruler, was killed in Mexico City during the Spanish conquest of Mexico under 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: The great tightrope walker Blondin crossed Niagara Falls from the US to Canada in just eight minutes. The rope was stretched 1,100ft and suspended 160ft above the Falls.

| 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.

| ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A rocket developed by a start-up company exploded seconds after lift-off in northern Japan, bursting into flames.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 30, 2019
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