June 17, 1885: the Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor. French sculptor Frederic Batholdi was inspired by something a friend had said, "If a monument should rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence, I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort -- a common work of both our nations." Photograph by Derek Jensen.
This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812 that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Einstein, when he arrived in America, was shocked at how Black Americans were treated. “There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States," he said. "That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.” And, he wasn't.
February 25, 1336: "The Defense of Margiris." Besieged by the Teutonic Knights and without hope, the Lithuanian fortress refused to surrender. Instead, they burned all their possessions, the castle, and every man, woman, and child in the fortress committed suicide. The inscription on the monument shown reads " This is the grave of Margiris' giants! Though six ages passed, Like them -- just a handful of ashes! But tell more than the living. Photo by Wojsyl, under GNU Free Documentaion…
January 23, 1849: Elizabeth Blackwell receives MD degree. Blackwell was the first woman to receive this degree in the United States. (Her sister Emily was the third.) She had been admitted to Geneva Medical College in New York State only because the male student approved her admittance unanimously -- because they thought it was a joke.