It happened today – this day in history – June 30

1520: Spanish conquistadors are expelled from Tenochtitlan following an Aztec revolt against their rule under Hernan Cortes. Aztec emperor Montezuma II dies in the struggle.

1559: Henry II of France is seriously injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery.

1596: English and Dutch fleet reach Cadiz.

1665: The number of deaths in London from the Great Plague during June is recorded as 6,137.

1685: Birth of poet and dramatist John Gay.

1734: The Russian army occupies Danzig.

1859: French acrobat Charles Blondin is the first to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1876: Serbia declares war on Turkey.

1893: The Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) then the world’s largest, is discovered in the Jagersfontein Mine, South Africa.

1894: Korea declares independence from China and asks for Japanese aid. On the same day, Tower Bridge opens across the River Thames in London.

1898: Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known car ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.”

1899: Spin bowler Jack Hearne takes England cricket’s first Test hat-trick vs Australia at Headingley.

1902: Laurence Doherty wins his first Wimbledon singles title beating defending champion Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

1903: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 for his second consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles title.

1905: The crew of the Russian battleship “Georgei Pobiedonosets” mutinies in support of the “Potemkin”, which mutinied three days earlier.

1908: A giant fireball, most likely caused by the air burst of a meteor or comet flattens 80 million trees near the Stony Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate, Russia, in the largest impact event in recorded history.

1910: Russia absorbs Finland.

1911: Golfer Harry Vardon wins his fifth British Open

1914: Mahatma Gandhi’s first arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa.

1916: General Douglas Haig reports “The men are in splendid spirits” the day before the Battle of the Somme begins.

1924: J. B. M. Hertzog becomes head of a coalition government between the National and Labour Parties in South Africa.

1929: Bobby Jones wins his third US Open in a 36-hole playoff.

1933: 50,000 demonstrate against fascism in Antwerp.

1934: Adolf Hitler stages a bloody purge of the Nazi party in “The Night of the Long Knives”, a series of political executions to consolidate his power carried out mostly by the Gestapo and the SS.

1936: Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie asks the League of Nations for sanctions against Italy. On the same day, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell is published.

1937: The world’s first emergency call telephone service is launched in London using the number 999.

1938: Superman first appears in DC’s Action Comic.

1940: German troops begin the invasion of the undefended Channel Islands.

1944: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.

1948: Transitors as a substitute for valves announced by Bell Labs in New York.

1960: Zaire declares independence from Belgium.

1962: Rwanda and Burundi become independent.

1963: Cardinal Montini is elected Pope Paul VI.

1971: The crew of Russian space mission Soyuz 11 are found dead upon arrival back on earth.

1974: Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects to the west.

1975: Muhammad Ali retains his world heavyweight boxing crown, beating Joe Bugner by a unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1980: West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow.

1984: Cocaine growers stage a failed coup in Bolivia. On the same day, the last sixpence is minted in Britain.

1990: East and West Germany merge their economies.

1992: Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joins the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. On the same day, Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar.

1994: Pre-trial hearings open in LA against O J Simpson. On the same day, the US Ice Skating Federation bans Tonya Harding for life.

1995: Soul singer Phyllis Hyman commits suicide by overdosing on pentobarbital and secobarbital in her New York City apartment aged 45.

1996: Germany beat the Czech Republic, 2-1 in extra time to win the European Championship at Wembley Stadium.

2000: Eight men are trampled to death during Pearl Jam’s performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen.

2001: Al Jardine went to court in a bid to sue his former band mates, claiming he had been frozen out of the Beach Boys. On the same day, guitarist and producer Chet Atkins died in Nashville aged 77.

2002: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beat Germany, 2-0 to win the World Cup a record fifth time in Japan.

2004: Kinks guitarist Dave Davies is left paralysed on the right side of his body after suffering a stroke at 57. He eventually learns how to play again with help from brother Ray.

2005: Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.

2007: A 4×4 crashes into Glasgow International Airport in an attempted terrorist attack.

2014: Entertainer Rolf Harris is convicted of indecent assault.

2016: Candidates announce their bids for the leadership of the Conservative party including Theresa May and Michael Gove.

2018: Two members of the public are confirmed poisoned by Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

2019: Donald trump becomes the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea in a Korean Demilitarized Zone meeting with Kim Jong Un. On the same day, Kylie Minogue finally plays the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival 14 years after a cancer diagnosis forced her to cancel.

BIRTHDAYS: Andy Scott, guitarist (Sweet), 71; Stanley Clarke, bassist, 69; Vincent D’Onofrio, actor, 61; Julianne Regan, singer (All About Eve) 58; Yngwie Malmsteen, guitarist, 57; Gary Pallister, former footballer 55; Mike Tyson, boxer, 54; Phil Anselmo, guitarist (Pantera) 52; James Martin, TV chef, 48; Ralf Schumacher, racing driver, 45; Lizzy Caplan, actress, 38; Cheryl Tweedy, singer, 37; Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming champion, 35.

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Mick Ferris

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