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This Day in History for May 1

This Day In History1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston.

1841 – First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California.

1873 – 1st US postal card issued.

1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins.

1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens.

1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City.

1937 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, banning travel on belligerent ships and imposes an arms embargo on warring nations.

1941 – General Mills introduces CheeriOats (renamed Cheerios in 1945) an oat-based, ready-to-eat cereal.

1941 – US savings bonds go on sale to help finance the war effort.

1943 – Food rationing begins in the United States during World War II.

1952 – Mr. Potato Head introduced.

1957 – US gives Poland credit of $95 million.

1961 – Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.

1971 – Amtrak Railroad begins operation.

1981 – Harrison Williams (Sen-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges.

1985 – US President Ronald Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua.

1986 – Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph.

2003 – In what becomes known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.

2010 – Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City.

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