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Happy 243rd Birthday, America!

In its time, documents like the Declaration of Independence were meant to be read out loud, usually by the town crier.

Town criers can’t really be found these days, but nearly 200 years after the Declaration was written, society advanced technologically enough to see the creation of the internet at UCLA on October 29, 1969.

I’ve frequently noted how the Declaration of Independence would likely be posted to a blog and gone viral if the internet had existed in 1776.

Well, it didn’t exist then, but it does now.

Of course, the existence of the internet doesn’t change the fact that the Declaration of Independence remains one of the most important documents in the history of civilization.