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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.

A crowd looks on as the "Bremen", a German Junkers W33 aircraft, and the first plane to fly west across the Atlantic, is placed on display in Grand Central Terminal, on May 21, 1929. (© Bettmann/CORBIS) #

Early 1960s “This picture is from the early 1960s, and shows my dad (the little white baby) surrounded by a crowd of friendly Yemeni people.” (thanks Cathryn!)

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.

1960: Contestants from the 1960 Miss Universe competition visit the 86th floor Observatory. That year, Linda Bement of Utah became the third Miss USA to win the Miss Universe crown.