February 3 1451 – Mehmed II Becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

February 3 1451 – Mehmed II Becomes Sultan of the Ottoman EmpireRate this post Eight years after first becoming leader of the Ottomans at the tender age of twelve, Mehmed II became Sultan for good on February 3, 1451 after the death of his father, Murat II. For the next three decades, he would dedicate his life and his armies to the construction of an empire to rival the height of Rome. By his death in 1481, Mehmed’s conquests laid the foundation for a military force capable of threatening the heart of Europe for centuries. Raised according to Islamic tradition, Mehmed received his first true experience in leadership as the […]

February 3 1995 – Discovery takes off on STS – 63

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February 3 1995 – Discovery takes off on STS – 63Rate this post On February 3, 1995, the space shuttle Discovery took off on STS – 63, the first space mission to be piloted by a woman Lt Col Eileen Collins. This was Collins’ first spaceflight. The mission, named STS – 63 part of NASA’s Space Shuttle program – the only implemented part of the Space Transportation System. STS – 63 was launched on February 3, 1995, at 05:22:04 UTC from the John F Kennedy Space Center launch site on Merritt Island, Florida. This was the 20th mission for space shuttle Discovery which spent about 8 days, 6 hours, 28 […]