30 Days of History - Day 5

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Welcome to the 30 Days of History challenge. N.B All images sourced from Wikipedia

I. August 13, 1521,
The capture and burning of Tenochtitlan, a city in Mexico by Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés marked the fall of the Aztec Empire.



II. August 13, 1672.

The south polar cap was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens. He was also credited to have drawn mars using an advanced telescope. He also wrote a document detailing the essential conditions necessary for a planet to support life.

Some key Mars events in the 1600s: https://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/mystique/history/1600/
Here’s his page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiaan_Huygens

III. August 13, 1889
The patent for the world’s first coin-operated telephone was acquired by William Gray

Here’s a cool article on the PayPhone timeline: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-and-last-pay-phone-180952727/

IV. August 13, 1910

The famous British nurse Florence Nightingale died today in her London home. She was widely known especially for her heroics in the Crimean War and her health reform activism


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