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 - Moses Fleetwood Walker
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National Baseball Hall of Fame

1884: Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a major-league baseball game in the United States, going hitless with four errors for the Toledo Blue Stockings against the Louisville Eclipse. Walker joined the then-minor-league Blue Stockings in 1883 as a catcher and the team joined the major-league American Association for the 1884 season. Walker's suffered a season-ending surgery in July and the team folded at the end of the season. He returned to the minor-leagues and never played another game in the majors.


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