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By On This Day in NYC's History

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

On May 1, 1931: The Empire State Building opened. At the time, it was the world’s tallest building, a title it held for some 40 years until being surpassed by the North Tower of the original World Trade Center. Both a New York City and US icon, the Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, and is featured prominently throughout popular culture, like in the classic film and King Kong and its remake.

BABE’S RUTH FIRST HOME RUN AS YANKEE

On May 1, 1920: New York Yankee, Babe Ruth hit his first home run. The ball was hit completely out of the Polo Grounds, a feat that is believed to only have been accomplished by Ruth and by Joe Jackson.

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