STATUE DE LA LIBERTE
On June 17, 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York from France. It came disassembled in 214 crates, and was sent to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Revolution. The statue was designed by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
HE WRITES THE SONGS
On June 17, 1943: Musician Barry Manilow was born in Brooklyn. Known for hits such as “Copacabana,” “I Write The Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Mandy,” Manilow has won countless awards for his chart-topping hits. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
JOE AND JILL GOT HITCHED
On June 17, 1977: Vice President Joe Biden married Second Lady Jill Biden, after they met on a blind date set up by Joe’s brother. The two wed at the Chapel at the United Nations, and have been faithfully hitched ever since.