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Amazing Facts - June 17

June 17 2008

June 17, 1885 in New York from France came to the legendary Statue of Liberty. "Full name -" Liberty, illuminating the world. " This is - one of the most famous sculptures in the U.S. and the world, often called "the symbol of New York and the United States" - a gift of French citizens to the centenary of the American Revolution.

Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, which is about 3 km to the southwest of the southern tip of Manhattan, one of the boroughs of New York. Goddess of Liberty holds a torch in his right hand and a sign on the left. The inscription on the plate reads "Eng. JULY IV MDCCLXXVI »(« July 4, 1776), the date of signing of the Declaration of Independence. One leg of the "Freedom" is on the broken shackles. In the crown of the goddess are 25 windows, which symbolize the earthly and heavenly gems rays illuminate the world. The seven rays on the crown of the statue symbolizes the seven seas and seven continents (in the western geographical tradition consider it the seven continents).

"The Statue of Liberty constructed from thin sheets of copper, minted in wooden forms. The formed sheets were then mounted on a steel frame. The total weight of copper, used for reflux statue - 31 tons and the total weight of the steel structure - 125 tons. The total weight of the cement foundation - 27 thousand tons. The thickness of the copper coating of the statue - 2,37 mm. Height from ground to tip of torch - 93 meters, including base and pedestal. The height of the statue itself, from the top of the pedestal to the torch - 46 meters.

June 17, 1972 the American police have arrested five hackers who installed electronic listening devices in the headquarters of the Democratic Party in the hotel complex the Watergate in Washington. Proceedings that followed it, ended the political career of President Richard Nixon - Watergate scandal.

June 17, 1982 match took place the World Cup, which was attended by the youngest player - Norman Whiteside. Norman, playing in the Northern Ireland match against Yugoslavia, June 17, 1982 was at that moment 17 years and 41 d tym /

Release prepared by Max K * - based on encyclopedias and other public sources.

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