Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Liberty Bell rings out

...in 1776, the Liberty Bell rang out from Indepedence Hall (as the building is now called) to call citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell is inscribed with the biblical quotation, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof." It cracked in 1835 during the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall. The dulled sound of the bell was broadcast around the world on June 6, 1944 when Allied forces stormed Normandy. The bell was moved to its current site, a pavillion close to Independence Hall, in 1976.

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