1520 – Faced with an Aztec revolt, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés and his forces withdraw from Tenochtitlan.
1858 – George Washington Goethals, chief engineer of the Panama Canal, was born in New York City.
1861 – Dr. William Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, was born in Eccles, England.
1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published.
1955 – Billy Haley and His Comets reached the top of the pop music charts with Rock Around the Clock. The song stayed there for eight straight weeks and was featured in the film Blackboard Jungle. Most consider the hit song the first rock ’n’ roll single.
1995 – For the first time, a U.S. space shuttle, Atlantis, linked up with a Russian space station, Mir.