On This Day…

On This Day…

Hello. Welcome to your weekend and to May!

Each Saturday morning we like to start with a lighter look back at the events that lead us here. It’s just a simple way to start a new day. So, grab your favorite morning sippin’ drink and let’s peek back on the pages of history before we write the new ones today.

Today is Saturday, May 1st, the 121st day of the year.  There are 244 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1884, construction began in Chicago, Illinois, on America’s first skyscraper.  The ten-story building would soon house the Home Insurance Company.

1931, standing 102 stories above the ground, New York’s Empire State Building was dedicated. 

In 1939, “Batman” made his debut as a comic strip hero by D.C. Comics.

In 1941, General Mills introduced Cheerios cereal. 

In 1963, James W. Whittaker of Redmond, Washington became the first American to reach the top of Mount Everest. 

In 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. 

In 1971, Amtrak began service.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking, “Can we all get along?”  In the days of rioting, more than 50 people died, 200 were injured and more than eleven-thousand people were arrested.

In 1994, 34-year-old Formula One champion Ayrton Senna was killed when his race car slammed into a wall during the San Marino Grand Prix. 

In 2006, massive nationwide rallies and boycotts were staged in several cities around the U.S. highlighting the role immigrants play in the American economy and society.  The demonstration was billed as the “Day Without Immigrants.” 

In 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of elusive terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden from the East Room of the White House.  Known to be the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Bin Laden was killed in a mission carried out by Navy SEALs under President Obama’s orders.

In 2016, a U.S. cruise ship sailed to Cuba for the first time in 50 years.  Carnival’s 710-passenger cruise ship left the Port of Miami for a week-long excursion that almost didn’t happen, due to a controversial Cuban government regulation.  At the time, Havana had a strict ban on Cuban-born visitors arriving to or leaving the island by sea. 

In 2016, the iconic elephants of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the final time.  The curtain came down on the long circus tradition after decades of protests by animal rights activists.   

In 2019, on the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, New York City officially names a street at West 63rd Street and Broadway after the show.

In 2019, US Attorney General William Barr defends the way he handled the Mueller Report in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And that brings us here to this day. So, whatever you have in store for your 05.01.2021 here’s hoping you have plenty to record in your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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