UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 149th day of 2013 and the 71st day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1453, Ottoman armies captured Constantinople after a 53-day siege, effectively crushing the Byzantine Empire.
In 1790, Rhode Island became the final state (of the original colonies) to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1848, Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th U.S. state.
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; Daniel Tosh (1975- ), comedian/TV personality; Carmelo Anthony (1984- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: Rhode Island's constitution identifies the state's official name as the "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Rickey Henderson stole his 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's American League career stolen base record.
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 full moon (May 24) and last quarter moon (May 31).