This Day In History 02/04
1453 – Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which would fall on May 29.
1513 – Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon
1827 – Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
1917 – Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps
1935 – Sir Robert Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1958 – National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA
1966 – Soviet Union’s Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
1970 – Qatar gains independence from Britain
1987 – IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
2005 – James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
2013 – The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
2013 – Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
1725 – Giacomo Casanova, Venice, Italian writer, adventurer and famous…
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