The Watergate burglars: Barker, McCord, Sturgis, Martinez, and Gonzalez. Photograph of McCord by Wally McNamee/Corbis; Others courtesy of Bettmann/Corbis/AP Images.

The Watergate burglars: Barker, McCord, Sturgis, Martinez, and Gonzalez. Photograph of McCord by Wally McNamee/Corbis; Others courtesy of Bettmann/Corbis/AP Images.

Last week, I wrote about an anniversary of the Watergate break-in. But then it I began to wonder about those Watergate burglars and their sense of humor. After all, they picked June 17, 1972, for their felonies.

In case you missed it, that’s the same date as the auspicious arrival of the Statue of Liberty into New York Harbor. Below is a painting of the French steamer Isère, laden with the Statue of Liberty, reaching the New York port safely on June 17, 1885. More photos of the French gift are here.

The Statue of Liberty Arrives in New York Harbor, Reception of the Isère, June 20, 1885

The Statue of Liberty Arrives in New York Harbor, Reception of the Isère, June 20, 1885

Regular cut-ups, those crooks were. How perfect the irony if they selected a day that commemorated liberty for their own nefarious actions, which undermined American values.

Meantime, here’s a great story about how those Watergate burglars got caught. True? Not? I leave you to your own judgments.

And from head to foot, here are some great photos of the Statue of Liberty before it was assembled into a whole. Click to enlarge them.