On this day: May 1

POSTED: 03:16 PM PDT Apr 30, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 30, 2016 

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 - Eldridge Cleaver
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Library of Congress

1998: Writer and activist Eldridge Cleaver, who became an early leader of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, dies at the age of 62 in Pomona, California. Although Cleaver's family requested that his cause of death not be revealed, he was known to have diabetes and prostate cancer.


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