TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 30

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 30

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1453– Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Muhammad II; ends the Byzantine Empire


1660– On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end


1790– Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution


1874– Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect


1886– American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola


1919– Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, that when light passes a large body, gravity will bend the rays confirmed by Arthur Eddington’s expedition to photograph a solar eclipse on the island of Principe, West Africa


1922– US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws


1922– Ecuador becomes independent


1953– Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition


1959– Charles de Gaulle forms French government