Life Day 23718: Statue of Liberty Arrives in New York City

June 19, 2012 at 9:49 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning liberty lovers. Today is June 19th, 2012. On this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home on Bledsoe’s Island in New York Harbor aboard the French frigate Isere. It was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence. It was designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, and is officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World. It has symbolized freedom and democracy to the nation, and the rest of the world, ever since.

Also, on this date in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York following their conviction for selling U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. On this date in 1954, the Tasmanian Devil appeared for the first time in the cartoon Devil May Hare by Warner Brothers. And, on this date in 1978, everyone’s favorite house cat, Garfield  made his comic strip debut in 41 newspapers nationally.

The holiday today is Juneteenth. It marks the day in 1865 when the slaves in Texas were finally informed of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation some two-and-a-half years earlier. Although not an official national or state holiday, Juneteenth is still celebrated in parts of Texas and other cities with a large Black population.

If you were born today, you share your birthday with the following distinguished people. Moe (the Three Stooges) Howard (1897), Guy Lombardo (1902), Lou Gehrig (1903),  Gena Rowlands (1934),  Elaine (Spanky) McFarlane (1942), Phylicia Rashad (1948), Kathleen Turner (1954),  and Paula Abdul (1962).

Since the holiday that I mentioned earlier isn’t “technically” a holiday, I’ll give you one more. Today is National Martini Day. Even when I imbibed in spirits, I didn’t drink Martini’s. YUK!  I guess today I’ll just celebrate another day of sobriety.

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