In 1453, Ottoman armies captured Constantinople, effectively crushing the Byzantine Empire. In 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original colonies to ratify the U.S. constitution. In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Bob Hope (1903-2003), comedian/actor; Tenzing Norgay (1914-86), mountaineer; John F. Kennedy (1917-63), 35th U.S. president; Al Unser (1939- ), race car driver; V. Gene Robinson (1947- ), religious leader; Danny Elfman (1953- ), composer; Annette Bening (1958- ), actress; Rupert Everett (1959- ), actor; Melissa Etheridge (1961- ), singer; Carmelo Anthony (1984- ), basketball player; Riley Keough (1989- ), actress
In 1990, Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's American League career stolen base record when he stole his 893rd base.
Rhode Island's constitution identifies the state's official name as the "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, continued, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic." – John F. Kennedy
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