493 years ago . . . In 1521, Spanish honky HERNANDO CORTEZ captured what is now known as Mexico City from the Aztecs.

100 years ago . . . In 1914, genius Carl Wickmanbegan using his beat-up gray car, which no one would buy, to take miners from their homes to mines in Minnesota.  His "TAXI" service took off, and he was soon able to buy more cars to service the mineworkers.  His little business is now known as the GREYHOUND BUS CORPORATION.

95 years ago . . . In 1919, the greatest racehorse of all time, MAN O'WAR, lost a race for his first and only time.  He was upset, by Upset.  Man O'War went on to win 1,300 races AND father 379 baby racehorses.  Man O'War was mantastic . . . and hung like a horse.  (No, YOU shut up.)

53 years ago . . . In 1961, THE BERLIN WALL WAS BUILT.  Back in the day, West Berlin was a major escape route to flee Communism . . . so, in the middle of the night while everyone slept, the Commies sneakily tore up the streets and laid BARBED WIRE AND FENCES . . . sealing off the border between East and West for the next 28 YEARS.  Even telephone lines didn't cross the wall.  Two days later, they began pouring concrete to make a barrier that became known as The Wall.

32 years ago. . . In 1982, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was released . . . with SEAN PENN as Jeff Spicoli.

22 years ago. . . In 1992, WOODY ALLEN began his legal battle against MIA FARROW to get custody of their three kids.  "SHOCKINGLY" . . . he lost the case.

19 years ago. . . In 1995, MICKEY MANTLE died after a battle with the liver cancer.  He was 63.

17 years ago. . . In 1997, MATT STONE and TREY PARKER'S animated brilliance, "South Park", debuted.

Remember when the original short, "The Spirit of Christmas", was just a bootleg VHS tape people were passing around?  "South Park" has come a long way since then, hasn't it?

11 years ago. . . In 2003, JOHN RUTTER was officially charged with trying to extort $3.3 million from CAMERON DIAZ in exchange for nude pictures taken before she was famous.

Six years ago. . . In 2008, MICHAEL PHELPS became the winningest Olympic athlete of all time when he took home his 10th and 11th gold medals.  He ended up going 8-for-8 and broke almost every swimming related medal record in the book.

Five years ago. . . In 2009, guitarist LES PAUL died in White Plains, New York at the age of 94.