On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift to the United States from the people of France, was officially unveiled to the public by President Grover Cleveland.
Laborers fought off the bluster and of mid-autumn to secure the last rivet on "Liberty Enlightening the World," a sculpture designed by French artist Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi that arrived in New York some 16 months earlier in 214 packing cases. Following the reassembly of its copper sheets, the statue of a crowned, robed woman holding a torch with her raised right arm stood at some 151 feet.
Crowds and well-wishers swarmed upon New York in anticipation of the statue's dedication ceremony. A red barge decorated with the phrase "Eat, Drink and be Merry" stood docked at Bedloe's Island, as the tract of land home to the statue was once known, at the waiting to transport visitors willing to brave the heavy mist and winds to see the cadre of dignitaries give the statue, jointly funded by France and America, its proper dedication.
President Grover Cleveland presided over the festivities, and formally dedicated the statue, saying, "We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected."
Lady Liberty's torch was lit for the first time that evening.
On October 28, 1919, Congress passed an act enforcing prohibition, overriding President Wilson's veto. We discuss the history of the prohibition movement in America, and its repeal.
Modern cuisine owes many of its practices to the great French chef Auguste Escoffier, who was born this day in 1846.
Students will draw great inspiration from our article, "Women of Honor: Writers Who Won't Be Silenced," about five dissident writers from around the world who continue to write and report, at grave risk to their safety.
Highlights from SweetSearch2Day:
Interview of the Day is with Lou Gehrig, when he was undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in 1939; He gave his thoughts on the game’s best players, night games, the prospect of a players’ union, and what young players need to do to succeed.
Wired.com's "This Day in Tech," today observes Bill Gates' 55th birthday with a timeline of his impact on computers and the world.
Letters of Note shows this letter written by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, in which Schulz explains "I have always drawn the strip with adults in mind, and fortunately, everyone seems to find something there."