Today is the 150th day of 2012 and the 71st day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1453, Ottoman armies captured Constantinople, effectively crushing the Byzantine Empire.
In 1790, Rhode Island became the final state (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.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Bob Hope (1903-2003), comedian/actor; John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th U.S. president; Danny Elfman (1953- ), composer; Annette Bening (1958- ), actress; Rupert Everett (1959- ), actor; Melissa Etheridge (1961- ), singer; Carmelo Anthony (1984- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's American League career stolen base record when he stole his 893rd base.
TODAY'S FACT: Rhode Island's constitution identifies the state's official name as the "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." -- John F. Kennedy
TODAY'S NUMBER: 18 -- Academy Awards ceremonies for which legendary entertainer Bob Hope served as host or co-host.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (May 28) and full moon (June 4).