Friday, October 28, 2011

On October 28

On this day in ...
... 1886 (125 years ago today), the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. According to a contemporary New York Times report, ceremonies at "Bedlow's Island" [sic - as our friend and reader Rita Maran's pointed out, the Times should've spelled it "Bedloe," and in any event it's been called "Liberty Island" since the 1950s] in New York Harbor, the new home of the French-made, 46-meters-tall bronze figure, included a formal acceptance by U.S. President Grover Cleveland from the representive of the gift-giver, France. (credit for 1886 painting of unveiling) Another highlight was a waterborne parade of vessels (perhaps the source of the parade term, "floats"?). One vessel belonged to the Woman Suffrage Association, which had been excluded from the ceremonies.

(Prior October 28 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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