On October 28, 1886 US President Grover Cleveland inaugurated the Statue of Liberty along with 600 special guests and thousands of spectators.
The statue was a gift from France in honour of the nation’s 100th anniversary of independence…but it was delivered a decade late.
Different chunks of the statue were assembled in France before being shipped across the Atlantic, while the base was built on Liberty Island in the waters of the port of New York.
The statue took a train to Rouen, then went by barge down the Seine to Le Havre where it began its voyage in 1885. To make the crossing the statue had to be separated into 350 pieces, which would take four months to put together again once in the New World.
Including the base the statue is 93 metres high, and weighs 225 tons. 40 people can stand inside her crown, which measures 3.05 metres across.
October 28 in other years : Cuba is discovered by Christophe Colomb (1492) ; Benito Mussolini marches on Rome (1922) ; Ernest Hemingway wins Nobel prize for literature (1954), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina (2007)
Born on October 28 : Francis Bacon (1909), Bill Gates (1955), Eros Ramazzotti (1963), Julia Roberts (1967), Ben Harper (1969)