May 1, 1931

President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates N.Y.C.’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights.

May 3, 1469

Niccol² Machiavelli, Italian philosopher and author of The Prince, is born.

May 4, 1970

The National Guard opens fire on a group of student anti-Vietnam War protesters, killing four and wounding nine.


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