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On this day: May 1

POSTED: 03:16 PM PDT Apr 30, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 30, 2013 

The Empire State Building opens, "Citizen Kane" premieres, Cheerios are introduced, Elvis gets hitched, President Bush delivers his "Mission Accomplished" speech, and President Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden, all on this day.

OTD May 1 - John Paul II
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2011: Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to him, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson's disease. Beatification is a recognition by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name. It is the third of the four steps in the canonization process, which, if completed, would make John Paul II a saint.

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