A TORCH AND AN ARCH

October 28 in history:

The Statue of Liberty was completed and dedicated in New York harbor on October 28th, 1886.  It was built in France, and then taken apart, boxed up, and the pieces were sent by ship to America.

The statue is considered a national monument, as is the Gateway Arch of St. Louis, a memorial to Thomas Jefferson.  On this date in 1965, the final piece of the 630 foot high steel arch was lifted into place.

The original concept for a riverfront memorial in St. Louis was proposed in 1933, the year that Prohibition ended.  The ban on alcohol in the U.S. took effect with passage of the Volstead Act on October 28th of 1919, followed shortly after by the 18th Amendment.

The year 1933 also was when Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt moved into the White House.  Actress Jane Alexander is famous for playing Mrs. Roosevelt in two TV mini-series, and she has served as head of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Alexander was born October 28th, 1939.

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