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 - Joseph Goebbels
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1945: Reich propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda commit suicide in the Reich Garden outside the bunker in which Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun had killed themselves a day earlier. Before killing himself, Goebbels had ordered the murder of his six children, with a dentist injecting them with morphine and Magda and Hitler's personal doctor crushing ampules of cyanide in their mouths. The Goebbels family is seen here in this 1944 photo. Goebbels' stepson Harald Quandt (top), who was absent due to military duty, was added to the group portrait after it was taken.


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