Founded: Oct 28, 1664
Parent organization: Her Majesty’s Naval Service
Part of: Her Majesty’s Naval Service
Cap badge of the Royal Marines
Also on this day,
312 CE | Milvian Bridge battle as Constantine takes on Maxentius after a heavenly vision
The River Tiber’s banks swarm with charging men, clashing metal, and rearing horses as hundreds of thousands fight for control of the Roman Empire in its capital. Some accounts claim Constantine saw a vision from the Christian god the night before, and his side emerges victorious.1420 | Beijing is capital as construction finishes on China’s new capital city
Seventeen years of a massive building project completed, Beijing is now China’s capital city. Having restored the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhu Di desires a power center to match his ambitions, and he’ll get just that as Beijing’s imperial palace, the Forbidden City, opens this year as well.1886 | Statue of Liberty opened as Lady Liberty lifts a lamp over New York Harbor
‘Liberty Enlightening the World,’ 151-feet of copper neoclassical sculpture, is accepted as a gift from France and dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland after hundreds of thousands of revelers throw the world’s first ticker-tape parade in honor of the new lady of Liberty Island.
Address: Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 363-3200
Established: Oct 15, 1924
Annual visitors: 4.50 million (2016)
Height: 305 feet (93 m) (Architectural)
Statue of Liberty.