On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere.
In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down, 8-1, rules requiring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
In 1972, five burglars were arrested inside Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex, the start of President Richard Nixon’s downfall.
In 2009, President Barack Obama extended some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
In 2012, Rodney King, 47, whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police sparked widespread outrage, died in an apparent accidental drowning.
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that states can’t demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so.