On This Day

1503 – King James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1709 - The first documented balloon flight in Europe was demonstrated by Bartolomeu de Gusmão, in Lisbon. It did not end well, but he was the first.

1942 – The Quit India Movement was launched in India against British rule in response to Mohandas Gandhi's call for "swaraj" or complete independence.

1945 - The Nuremberg trials began.

1963 - The Great Train Robbery took place.

1969 – At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan took the photo that became the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road.

1974 – President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the office of the President of the United States.

1991 - Beirut hostage John McCarthy was freed after more than five years in captivity.

1991 – The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapsed.

2010 - A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, killed more than 1,400 people.

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