May 19, 1981

Today In History

The Empire State Building was designated a New York City Landmark

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York, until One World Trade Center reached a greater height in April 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the fifth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 29th-tallest in the world. It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. When measured by pinnacle height, it is the fourth-tallest building in the United States.

Remember When

60 Minutes Reports On The Mini-Skirt of The 1960's
Al Unser Sr. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway talking about his former teamate Jim Clark and driving Clark's Lotus-Ford 1965 Indy 500 winning car
The Houston Astrodome exploding scoreboard memories
Song of the Day
The Beach Boys and Lorrie Morgan | Don't Worry Baby
The Beatles perform Strawberry Fields Forever
Explore America
Broadway in Times Square - New York City

Classic Movie Scenes

TV Show of the Day
Car 54 Where are you? | Episode | "Catch Me on the Paar Show"
Elvis Presley sings Blue Suede Shoes | 1956
Yaz talks about what it was like to be on the 1967 Boston Red Sox team during the "Impossible Dream" season
Interview of the Day
Harvey Fierstein with Barbara Walters on 20/20 | 1983
A National Geographic Moment | A classroom in Omaha, Nebraska
Ed Sullivan, Variety Show Legend…
In 1948, Ed Sullivan was hired by the CBS television network to host ‘Toast of the Town’. The show was eventually renamed ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ and still holds the record for the longest running variety show ever aired. The show was broadcast from CBS Studio 50 in New York, which was renamed the ‘Ed Sullivan Theater’ in 1967. The studio has stayed true to its purpose and today is the home of the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. Born in Harlem and raised in New York, Sullivan worked as a sports writer and theater columnist for the New York Evening Graphic before he broke into show business. The theater column was also carried by the New York Daily News. Hosting many celebrities over the years, the show aired many a memorable moment. One such moment occurred when Jim Morrison of The Doors, rebuked Sullivan by singing the controversial lyric ‘Girl we couldn’t get much higher’ from their hit song ‘Light My Fire’. Sullivan had asked Morrison to replace the word ‘higher’ with ‘better’. After the performance, Sullivan banned The Doors from ever appearing on the show again.



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