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Moments in Time




 

 

• On June 15, 1215, King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteeing that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church and maintain the nation’s laws. Four original copies of the Magna Carta of 1215 exist today.

• On June 16, 1738, printer, publisher, postmistress and patriot Mary Katharine Goddard is born in New London, Conn. In 1777, when Congress decided to print the Declaration of Independence, including a complete list of signatures, it chose Mary Goddard as printer.

• On June 17, 1885, The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, arrives in New York City’s harbor. The dismantled statue was enclosed in more than 200 packing cases. Its copper sheets were reassembled, and the last rivet of the monument was fitted on Oct. 28, 1886.

• On June 19, 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world’s first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh. The storefront theater boasted 96 seats and charged each patron 5 cents. Its usual offerings included live vaudeville acts as well as short films.


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