On This Day

What Happened in August 1521

Historical Events

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 13 Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire

The Last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc
The Last Aztec Emperor
Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • Aug 28 Belgrade captured by troops of Turkish Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)
  • Aug 19 Lodovico Guicciardini, Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti), born in Florence (d. 1589)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 27 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies