EMPIRE STATE SCRAPES THE SKIES OF NEW YORK
1931 US President Herbert Hoover opened the tallest building in the world in New York today the 102-storey Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue, which stands an incredible 1,250 ft (380m) high. It is the city’s third new “skyscraper” in just one year. It went up lightning speed, the steel framework is finished in less than six months. It met its deadline for completion – today with no time to spare the day many New York office leases expire. The Empire State Building has more than 2 million sq ft (6,09,800 sq m) of office space, much more than the city can absorb with the Depression in full swing. The owners are hoping sightseers to the lofty observation decks will help to pay taxes.
THE KING FINDS A QUEEN
1967 Elvis Presley the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and still the world’s No.1 heart-throb, caused widespread female dismay this morning when he married his sweetheart of seven years, Priscilla Beaulieu. The couple wed at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas at a civil ceremony with 100 guests. Priscilla wore a traditional flowing white dress and veil, and Presley a formal suit and black tie. The wedding cake was six tiers high. After the reception, they flew to Palm Springs for a two-day honeymoon. Presley is due in Hollywood on Thursday for final work on his new movie, Clambake, and then they’ll complete the honeymoon at Graceland, Presley’s Memphis mansion.
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