Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Lady Liberty

File:Statue of Liberty, NY.jpg

“On June 15, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived at Bedloe's Island inside 214 wooden packing crates. The beginning of her life on US soil.”

“Unveiling day, October 28, 1886, was declared a public holiday. The rainy, foggy day could not dampen the spirits of the more than 1 million people who lined New York's streets, draped with red, white and blue and French tricolor bunting, to watch a parade of more than 20,000 pass by. Wall Street was the only area of the city working on the day of Liberty's unveiling. The New York Times reported that as the parade passed by, the office boys "from a hundred windows began to unreel the spools of tape that record the fateful messages of the 'ticker.' In a moment the air was white with curling streamers." And so the famous New York ticker-tape parade was born.”

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