August 13

1521

After a three-month siege, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán fell to the Spanish conquistadors, marking the end of one empire and the rise of another.

1906

An all-black army unit was accused of a shooting rampage that left 1 civilian dead at Fort Brown in Brownsville, Texas. In 1972 they were all exonerated.

1942

Disney's Bambi opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1961

The border between East and West Berlin was closed and marked with a barbed wire fence.

1995

Baseball great Mickey Mantle died of cancer.

2008

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to do so.

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