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Mehmed was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1444 to September 1446, and later from February 1451 to 1481.… [More] At the age of 21, he conquered Constantinople and brought the end of the Byzantine Empire, absorbing its administrative apparatus into the Ottoman state. Within Constantinople, Mehmed established the ‘millet’ (an autonomous religious community within the Ottoman Empire) which gave Muslim and Jewish settlers, as well as Venetian traders, in the city a degree of autonomy while his authority was of the Orthodox Christians in the city. [Less]
1903: Sol C. Siegel
This journalist-turned-movie producer helped to create such hits as “High Society,”… [More] “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Three Coins In A Fountain,” and “A Letter to Three Wives.” These last two films both were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture. He also produced two dark comedies: “No Way to Treat a Lady” and “Alvarez Kelly.” Siegel had Jewish roots. [Less]
1975: Paul Reiser
Reiser is a Jewish-American stand-up comedian, actor, television personality, author, screenwriter and… [More] musician. He played on the long-running television sitcom “Mad About You.” He also starred in the “Beverly Hills Cop” movies and “My Two Dads.” He has made special appearances on other TV shows, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” [Less]