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Statue of Liberty's illustrious history

Updated 11:53 AM ET, Wed June 17, 2015
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Today marks the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, which arrived in New York from France on June 17, 1885. Carlo Allegri/Reuters/Landov
The statue, designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, towers over Paris rooftops during construction in 1884. It was a gift from the people of France to commemorate 100 years of Franco-American friendship as well as the centennial of America's independence. Agence Papyrus/Ap
Refugee children from England arrive in New York Harbor in 1940. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The towering skyline of downtown Manhattan is seen behind the statue in 1950. Frederic Lewis/Archive Photos/Getty Images
The New York Harbor and the World Trade Center building are seen behind the statue in 1980. ap
Workers remove scaffolding from around the statue's torch after restoration work in 1985. PAUL DEMARIA/AFP/Getty Images
In November 1995, a federal budget crisis caused Liberty Island to close to tourists. Adam Nadel/AP
The Statue of Liberty sports a milk mustache in this 1995 ad. National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board/AP
A representation of a giant glass of Guinness is lowered over the Statue of Liberty to publicize the city's first Irish Music & Arts Festival in 1997. Glyn Genin/AP
The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is anchored in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty in 2000. Stuart Ramson/AP
The Statue of Liberty is shrouded in smoke on September 15, 2001, four days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Dan Loh/AP
The New York City skyline, as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey, in October 2001. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The statue's pedestal reopens to visitors on August 3, 2004 -- the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
A New York Waterway ferry moves along the water as the sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty in 2004. Mario Tama/Getty Images
The Statue of Liberty is lit to show the contours of the sculpture in 2006, during a special show by French champagne maker Moet & Chandon. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
The Statue of Liberty from above in 2007. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
An aerial view of New York Harbor shows Lady Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan in 2007. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
Clouds roll in over the Statue of Liberty in 2008. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
The statue's crown reopens to the public on July 4, 2008. It had been closed since the September 11 attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
A replica of the Dutch ship Half Moon sails past the Statue of Liberty in September 2009, commemorating Henry Hudson's entry into New York Harbor in 1609. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
A memorial that echoes the shape of the World Trade Center towers is illuminated on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode over the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 2011, the anniversary of its dedication. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The sun rises in front of the Statue of Liberty before the start of ceremonies on October 28, 2011. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Enterprise passes the statue while being towed on a barge in June 2012. STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages
Rose petals from a helicopter fall around the statue in June 2013. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Boats pass the statue in May 2013. It had been closed more than six months following Superstorm Sandy. John Moore/Getty Images
Visitors disembark from a ferry in July 2013. It was the first day the attraction reopened after suffering damage from Superstorm Sandy. Mary Altaffe/AP
An inflatable Rubik's Cube, en route to a science museum, is transported past the statue in July. Anthony Deprimo/Staten Island Advance/Landov
The Statue of Liberty and the One World Trade Center building are seen at sunset in December. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images