On this day: November 8

Published On: Nov 08 2012 12:52:55 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 08 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Gunslinger Doc Holliday dies, the X-ray is discovered by accident, John F. Kennedy is elected president, and the Florida recount begins, all on this day.

OTD November 8 - Hernan Cortez
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1519: Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration. Moctezuma deliberately let Cortés and his men enter the Aztec capital, where Mexico City is today, in hopes of getting to know their weaknesses better and to crush them later. However, excited by the lavish gifts of gold given to them by the Aztecs, Cortés soon decided to take Moctezuma as a hostage in his own palace and indirectly rule Tenochtitlán through him.

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