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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

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