Aztec emperor Montezuma welcomed Hernán Cortes into Tenochtitlán with a great celebration in 1519. That worked out well for him, didn't it? The Bodleian Library opened to the public in 1602. The Louvre was opened to the public as a museum in 1793. Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-rays in 1895 and the death penalty was abolished in the UK in 1965.
Born today: Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476), Edmond Halley (1656-1742), Bram Stoker (1847-1912), Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001), Alain Delon (1935), Guus Hiddink (1946), Bonnie Raitt (1949), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Gordon Ramsay (1966) and Joe Cole (1981).