17 June

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The Statue of Liberty Was Delivered Today

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The Statue of Liberty, a gift to the American people from France, arrived in New York City’s harbour today in 1884 aboard a French ship.

For her transatlantic journey, the 46 metre- (151 foot-) tall statue had been disassembled and divided between more than two hundred packing cases. The Americans rebuilt her and, on 28 October 1886, one of the world's most recognisable icons took her place on Bedloe's Island.

When next door Ellis Island became the prime reception point for immigrants to the United States, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight that greeted the optimistic voyagers to the land of the free, and became the international symbol of New York.

Today we're toasting the great lady with - what else? - a New York, New York.

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