The Centennial Anniversary of the United States was approaching. The French public wanted to present a suitable gift to it’s sister democratic republic. The result of much deliberation produced the prototype for the Statue of Liberty. The statue, crated in 214 separate boxes arrived in New York Harbor on June 17, 1885. On October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the statue that has since stood as a symbol of the best qualities of the American vision.

Also on this day in 1965… construction is completed on the St. Louis Gateway Arch.