Today in History – May 1, 1931: Empire State Building is opened

Photo credit: Boston College

Watch a short documentary on the construction of the Empire State Building, “Making a Skyscraper: Empire State Building,” available through American History in Video.

Learn how Herbert Hoover played a role in opening the building without leaving Washington, D.C., in a New York Times article from the next day, “Empire State Tower, Tallest in World, is opened by Hoover,” available through Proquest’s Historical Newspapers.

Read about the ongoing battle for the ownership of the Empire State Building as covered this week by the New York Times in “A Nasty, Epic Real Estate Battle With Stakes 102 Stories High,” available through LexisNexis Academic Universe.


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