Construction of the world’s first skyscraper, designed by William LeBaron Jenney, was completed in Chicago. At ten stories, the Home Insurance Building rose to a height of 138 feet. Two additional stories were added in 1890.
The Statue of Liberty, conceived by French historian Edouard de Laboulaye as a gift to the United States to honor American democracy, was dedicated. Completed as a joint effort between the two nations, the statue itself was built in France and its pedestal in the US.