Two million people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II, 1945.[932 X 1200]

Two million people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II, 1945.[932 X 1200]

Obviously not as big a deal as the Cubs winning the World Series, they only got 2m people... /s

The statue of Liberty has grown a lot since then.

Yeah but I think this has to do with the Cubs drought. I mean the U.S.'s WW win drought was only a measly 27 years. Compared with the Cubs WS win drought of 108 years. Pretty cut and dry really.

Hate to be nitpicky, but I wouldn't say that there are more than 200,000 people in that shot, far less two million.

By the look of things, the photographer was shooting out of an upstairs window on the east side of 7th Avenue and 44th St, directly across from the old Hotel Astor (now the site of the One Astor Plaza office building), and looking southward. The far end of the crowd, extending along 7th and Broadway, peters out at or near West 38th. If we assume that there were as many people behind the photographer as in front, that still wouldn't get us to half a million.

People typically over-estimate crowd sizes. A good rule of thumb is that the maximum number of human beings you can get in a densely-packed standing crowd is five to the square metre. (Grab four of your friends; wedge them together; and see just how tight that really is.) Anything more than that is highly dangerous, risking the kind of crushing deaths one saw at the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in England in 1989.

Yep, when she was younger they used to take her all over town -- until that fateful day she developed a taste for Coney Island hot dogs.

This photo of the VE day celebration appeared in LIFE magazine where the crowd was said to be 500,000.

of the VE day celebration appeared in LIFE magazine where the crowd was said to be 500,000.

Idk man, I knew people from all over the country that showed up to the parade. Also schools were out that day. So out of towners, those playing hooky, Unattended children, and actual Cubs Fans. I could see it being a shit fest. I live in Chicago, but other than seeing them drive past, I swerved the bullshit. Too many people for my social anxiety.

Um. That 3,000,000+ figure was the claim of the organizers of the rally, who are probably not likely to have erred on the side of conservatism. The official police estimate was 650,000.

For some reason that isn't entirely clear to me, the Guinness Book of World Records took the organizers' estimate as the authentic one, which is why that figure is so often quoted.

Bearing in mind that the total population of Rome -- men, women and children -- is only about 2,600,000, there are reasons to be a tad skeptical about the three-million-plus number.

She's gotten bigger but I'd still hit it.

My first thought pretty much exactly. It's funny that when this picture was taken, I guess the Cubs had already been in a 37 year drought.

It boggles my mind that someone can inform more people with a tweet from your toilet (if you have the followers).

Yes, that sounds closer to the mark. I think this is the same picture that u/postdarwin posted above.

Yea I was gunna say that barely looks like a large concert festival crowd.

This is nearly the same picture. Am I missing a joke?

It still hasn't been cleaned up, I'dif that's what you're asking

Yeah that is the same photo. I wasn't paying attention. It was taken on May 7, 1945. The photo posted by the OP was taken on August 15, 1945.

You... must have never lived in a city at any point in your life :S

I live in Washington, but I love in Chicago

Here's another view that gives a better idea of the scale of the crowd in the surrounding streets.

http://i.imgur.com/oh18uZs.jpg

Here's another view that gives a better idea of the scale of the crowd in the surrounding streets.

"People look at the Statue of Liberty, and they see a proud history of a nation of immigrants — a beacon of hope for people around the world. Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4. Maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair."

Have you ever been to Times Square? Millions of people walk through that hell hole alongside moving cars, drug addicts, and other variables that one would expect to increase the possibility of death. They manage to not die.

I meant to say live, but Chicago loves you too man!!