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1776: The American Declaration of Independence was adopted: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organising its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness'.

These words are the most famous from the American Declaration of Independence. The Americans claimed their independence from England and started their line of democracy with the declaration. Every year they now celebrate the day with barbecues, picnics and fireworks.

Also on This Day: 1840: Work began on the Erie

Canal; 1829: The first regular horse-drawn buses went into service in London between Marylebone Road and Bank; 1840: The Cunard Line began its first Atlantic crossing when Britannia sailed from Liverpool; 1848: The Communist Manifesto was published; 1892: James Keir Hardie became the first socialist to win a seat in Parliament; 1946: The US gave the Philippine islands their independence.
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