Did you know? The construction of the Empire State Building was part of an intense competition in New York for the title of "world's tallest building." Fourty Wall Street and the Chrysler Building, were the other competitors and still under construction when work began on the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building surpassed them upon its completion, on April 11, 1931, 12 days ahead of schedule, just 410 days after construction commenced.
The building was officially opened on May 1, 1931 in dramatic fashion, when United States President Herbert Hoover turned on the building's lights with the push of a button from Washington, D.C.
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