19th June
It was on this day...
1885 New York Welcomes the Statue Of Liberty (in 200 pieces)

The people of France sent the statue to the people of the United States and it arrived in New York harbor on this day, split up into 200 packets.

The gift was to commemorate the two nations alliance during the American Revolution. It was designed by French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.

The statue would be finally erected on October 28, 1886, in a ceremony presided over by US President Grover Cleveland.

The statue stands on a pedestal with a sonnet "The New Colossus," by Emma Lazarus. It reads:

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.

I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

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1945 The classic Abbot and Costello, "Who's on first" routine made popular on radio and TV, makes it's cinema debut on this day in the movie "The Naughty Nineties."
1973 The camp-cult The Rocky Horror Show opens in London on this day.
1977 Elvis Presley records a series of concerts in Nebraska between 19, 21st June. It would be his final recording before his death.
1982 'God's banker' 62-year-old Roberto Calvi is found hanged from Blackfriars Bridge in London.

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