Today in History: May 1

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President Barack Obama reads his statement to photographers after making a televised statement on the death of Osama bin Laden from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Today is Sunday, May 1, the 122nd day of 2016. There are 244 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, was killed by United States forces in Pakistan.

On this date:

In 1907, Kate Smith, the American singer who was considered the “first lady of radio,” was born.

In 1707, The Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.

In 1786, Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” premiered in Vienna.

In 1941, The Orson Welles film “Citizen Kane” premiered in New York.

In 1948, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

In 1962, the first Target discount store opened in Roseville, Minn.

In 1967, singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.

In 1971, Amtrak went into service, combining and streamlining the operations of 18 intercity passenger railroads.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking “Can we all get along?”

In 2003, President George W. Bush landed in a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast and, in a speech to the nation, declared major combat in Iraq over.

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II, moving his predecessor a step closer to sainthood.

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