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 - George Bush
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U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

2003: While on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California, President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended." The speech became known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech due to a banner displayed on the aircraft carrier during the televised speech. Bush's assertion -- and the banner itself -- became controversial after guerrilla warfare in Iraq increased during the Iraqi insurgency.


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