ON THIS DAY: 17 June 1885

Liberty Island

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the USA, arrives in New York. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman Goddess of Liberty, and is located on Liberty Island (formerly Bedloe’s Island) in New York Harbour, New York City. The metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel, and the sculptor was Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. … Read more

ON THIS DAY: 9 June 68 AD


Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide at the age of 30.  Nero was adopted at the age of three by his great-uncle, Emperor Claudius, who had married his mother, Agrippina. Nero ascended to the throne at the age of 17 in AD 54 following Claudius’s death (caused by a dish of mushrooms poisoned by Agrippina). Initially, … Read more