on June 14, 2002
The Liberty Bell was originally cast in England to commemorate William Penn's charter of Privileges in 1701. In 1776, the bell was rung to summon citizens to hear the Declaration of Independence. The cracks in the bell were thought to have stemmed from casting mistakes, and the bell was last rung on Washington's birthday in 1846. The bell sits today in an air-conditioned pavillion.
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