On July 8, 1776, the bell now known as the Liberty Bell rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, now called Independence Hall, to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Rung to call the Pennsylvania Assembly together and to summon people for special announcements and events, it was also rung on important occasions, such as King George III’s 1761 ascension to the British throne and, in 1765, to call the people together to discuss Parliament’s controversial Stamp Act. With the outbreak of the American Revolution in April 1775, the bell was rung to announce the battles of Lexington and Concord. Its most famous tolling, however, was on July 8, 1776, when it summoned Philadelphia citizens for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The Liberty Bell inscription includes a reference to Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
The first of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops, under Major General Schofield, crossed the Chattahoochee River between Powers Ferry and Johnson Ferry on July 8, 1864.
Former United States Senator from Texas Phil Gramm (R) was born on July 8, 1942 in Columbus, Georgia, where his father was stationed at Fort Benning.
On July 8, 1975, President Gerald Ford announced his candidacy for President in the 1976 elections.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is due to be sentenced today after being convicted of perjury, attempted theft by extortion.
If you thought the runoff elections are pretty calm, you should see what’s going on in Forsyth County, where Sheri Gilligan and David Van Sant are trading blows. Sheri Gilligan, the candidate who led in the Special Election and came within two votes of winning outright says her credentials as a former CIA analyst have been questioned. Van Sant admitted to voting in Democratic primaries and donating to Democrat Michelle Nunn last year.Continue Reading..