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1931: The Empire State Building Opened as the Tallest Building in the World

1931: The Empire State Building Opened as the Tallest Building in the World
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  • Historical event:
  • 1 May 1931
  • The Empire State Building was completed during the Great Depression, and at the time the biggest problem was how to rent an office space there. Due to the excess spaces, the building was allegedly called the "Empty State Building".

On this day in 1931, the Empire State Building in New York was ceremoniously opened.

It is a 103-story skyscraper which has a roof height of 381 meters (with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 443.2 m high).

The Empire State Building held the title of tallest skyscraper in the world for almost 40 years (until 1970).

Interestingly, the Empire State Building was built in less than 15 months, which was a shorter time than projected.

It was completed during the Great Depression, and at the time the biggest problem was how to rent an office space there.

Due to the excess spaces, the building was allegedly called the “Empty State Building”.

When the Empire State Building was completed, the Nazis hadn`t yet come to power in Germany, and Adolf Hitler didn`t have German citizenship.

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