May 1st

Empire State Building, AMerican, NYC New York City, New York, Empire, State, Building, On This Day

The Empire State Building opened on this day in 1931.

In 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened on May 1st.

With its tip standing at 1,451 ft (443.2m), it was the world’s largest building up until 1971 when it was surpassed by the original World Trade Centres. It cost a grand total of £40.9 million (roughly £376 million nowadays) to build and has over 2 million square feet of space within its walls.

Other notable events on May 1st throughout history:

  • Betting shops become legal in the UK. (1961)
  • The Daily Mail ceases life as a broadsheet and starts in its current, smaller form. (1971)
  • Elton John becomes the first pop star to perform is Israel. (1979)
  • Disney Hollywood Studios is opened in Orlando, Florida. (1989)
  • Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna is killed in a crash during a race. (1994)
  • Dennis Bergkamp is named PFA Player’s Player of the Year, only the second foreign national to win the award*. (1998)


*Eric Cantona was first, for Manchester United, in the 1993/94 season.


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