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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, May  01, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On May 1, 1931, the 102-story Empire State Building in New York City was dedicated.
 
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On this date in:
1707The Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.
1786Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.
1941The Orson Welles film "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.
AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
1948The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.
1960The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
1962The first Target discount store opened in Roseville, Minn.
1967Singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.
1971Amtrak went into service, combining and streamlining the operations of 18 intercity passenger railroads.
1992On the third day of the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking "Can we all get along?"
2003President George W. Bush landed in a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast and, in a speech to the nation, declared major combat in Iraq over.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
2011Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II, moving his predecessor a step closer to sainthood.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Country singer Tim McGraw turns 49 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
NameProfessionAge
Judy CollinsFolk singer77
Rita CoolidgeSinger71
Dann FlorekActor ("Law and Order: SVU")65
Ray Parker Jr.R&B singer62
Wes AndersonDirector47
Curtis MartinFootball Hall of Famer43
Actress Julie Benz ("No Ordinary Family") turns 44 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello