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The famous four lions at the base of Nelson's Column are lifted into place on London's Trafalgar Square.

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Nelson's Column in cenral London's Trafalgar Square, commemorating the life and victories of Admiral Horatio Nelson, had been completed in 1843.  Further plans for a decoration of the large pedestal of the structure were not completed until this day when the four large and impressive bronze lions were installed, one at each corner.  The design of Sir Edwin Landseer, they had been commissioned in 1858. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 15.