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 - Empire State Building
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1931: The Empire State Building opens in New York City when U.S. President Herbert Hoover turns on the building's lights with the push of a button from Washington, D.C. The 102-story skyscraper would remain the tallest building in the world until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972.


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