On this day in 1776, a 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the Liberty Bell famously rang out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, to summon citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Four days earlier, the document had been adopted by delegates to the Continental Congress, but the bell did not ring to announce the historic event until it returned from the printer on July 8.
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