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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Women’s Liberty Bell

On September 18, 1915, a replica of the original Liberty Bell toured Pennsylvania with supporters of the women’s suffrage movement.  The bronze bell travels through all 67 counties on a specially-built truck.  The clapper of the bell was chained to the side and the bell stayed silent until September 25, 1920, when it was brought to Independence Hall in Philadelphia and rung in ceremonies celebrating the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
On this date in history the first person to jump to their death from the Hollywood sign in California is Peg Entwistle, a despondent actress.  She jumps from the “H”.  The Hollywood sign was built in 1923 to advertise a nearby housing development.  It originally read “Hollywoodland”, the name of the subdivision.

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