Historic: Statue of Liberty
|Birthname||Unveiling and dedication of gift from France|
|born on||28 October 1886 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||05°23' 26°14 Asc. 14°02'|
France's friendship gift to America, a massive copper sculpture designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi that took Gustave Eiffel ten years to build at a cost of nearly a half million dollars.
Situated on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, the statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
- compare to chart of Bartholdi, Frederic-Auguste (born 2 August 1834). Notes: Designer
- compare to chart of Cities: New York, New York (Consolidation) (born 1 January 1898)
- compare to chart of Eiffel, Gustave (born 15 December 1832). Notes: Builder
M. Worley quotes 9:53 AM from Constellations '77 from "The History of the State of New York." The Statue of Liberty is on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
Sy Scholfield does not understand where a time of 9:53 AM would come from and instead calculates a time of about 4pm for the unveiling according to news reports: "It was 2:45 o’clock when the French delegation arrived at the island ... Before they were all seated the thunder of a big gun boomed ... herald[ing] the arrival of President Cleveland, who ... soon ascended the speaker's stand [circa 3pm] ... The Bartholdi Society arrived a few moments later ... it was nearly half an hour before the last whistle uttered a final whoop" [circa 3:30pm] ... the Rev. Dr. Richard S. Storrs offered up thanks ... [then] ... M. de Lesseps spoke with great energy [3:45pm] ... Then Senator William M. Evarts made the presentation address ... The three men gave the cord a pull, and the veil fell from the face of Liberty [4pm] ... All the noise that had gone before was child's play to what broke forth then... The salvo was continued without cessation for fully twenty minutes ... When the outburst of guns and cheers was over Gen. Schofield said: 'Acceptance of the statue by the President of the United States.' [4:20pm] Gilmore's band played the Marseillaise Hymn, 'Yankee Doodle,' and 'The Star Spangled Banner' [4:30pm]. Cheers and applause greeted President Cleveland as he took off his hat and, spoke in a strong voice ... [4:45pm]. The assemblage, which had patiently sat in the rain during the long exercises, then made speed to the boats [5pm]. After the ceremonies of dedication were concluded the President took the 6 o'clock train back to Washington [6pm]." (NB: Approximate times in brackets with quotes from "The Statue Unveiled," New York Times, 29 Oct 1886, p. 2 and "Bartholdi's Great Day," Washington Post, 29 Oct 1886, p. 1).
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