June 15 is a big day for our neighbors in Delaware.
On June 15, 1776, the Assembly of the Lower Counties of Pennsylvania (otherwise known today as Delaware’s New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties) declared itself independent of British and Pennsylvanian authority. This move created the state of Delaware.
Summer entertainment hit a high point on June 16, 1884. That’s when the first roller coaster in America opened on New York’s Coney Island.
Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately 6 mph and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success.
Speaking of New York, it was on June 17, 1885, that the Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrived.
However, it had been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. It was not until the next year that the copper and iron statue was fully reassembled and dedicated.
And let’s not forget another remarkable American lady.
On June 18, 1983, the first American woman went into space. On that day, the space shuttle Challenger launched into space on its second mission. Aboard the shuttle was Dr. Sally Ride. During the six-day mission, Ride, an astrophysicist from Stanford University, operated the shuttle’s robot arm, which she had helped design.