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On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in the New York Harbor, a gift from the people of France.  Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Lady Liberty is 151-feet tall and was shipped to the U.S. in more than 200 pieces.  Assembly completed and the statue was opened to the public on October 18, 1886 with a dedication ceremony by President Grover Cleveland.  As Ellis Island opened in 1892, the statue became a symbol of hope and freedom for many newly arriving immigrants.

Here's a look at the birthday girl, the Statue of Liberty:

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