This Weekend In History…

Rodney King Riots

April 29, 1992

The four white police officers accused of beating Rodney King are acquitted. Los Angeles street riots followed – the worst U.S. riots in 75 years. 51 people were killed, 2,383 were injured, and more than 9,000 were arrested.

Vietnam War – Fall of Saigon

April 30, 1975

The South Vietnam capital is captured the People’s Army of Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War and the unification of the country under communist rule.

Empire State Building

May 1, 1931

Empire State Building opens in New York City. At a height 1,250 feet, it was the world’s tallest building.