1954: Throwback Thursday—In 1954, we were honoured to have Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visit the building. Having grown up with six brothers and three sisters, she was unfazed by the crowds that gathered before, during and after her visit.
1978: Throwback Thursday—In 1978, America's most famous canine, Lassie, held a celebrity visit at the building. After her film debut in 1943, Lassie enjoyed a starring role in the TV series "Lassie" from 1954-1973.
1978: Now a world-famous, elite, international event, the very first Empire State Building Run-Up took place in 1978, with New York firefighter Gary Muhrcke taking first place. As you can see, while each runner received a commemorative King Kong t-shirt to wear for the race, the runners provided their own unique running shorts.