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.