Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence happens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which the Liberty Bell is rung (<a href="http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/" target="_blank">More info</a>)

1777 – Vermont becomes the first colony to abolish slavery (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitionism#Progress_of_abolition_in_the_United_States" target="_blank">More info</a>)

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1889 – The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_Journal" target="_blank">More info</a>)

1947 – Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_UFO_incident" target="_blank">More info</a>)

1948 – The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_Air_Force_%28WAF%29" target="_blank">More info</a>)