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Taco Bell Corp.'s tongue-in-cheek claim to have bought the Liberty Bell forced curators of the national symbol to scramble on Monday to assure angry callers that the nation's most famous bell hadn't been co-opted. The Mexican-style fast food chain used full-page newspaper advertisements Monday--April Fool's Day--to announce that it had purchased the cracked bell to help reduce the national debt. Taco Bell also quipped that the symbol of liberty was being renamed the "Taco Liberty Bell."
August 16, 1990
"Column Left" and "Column Right," with such opposites as Jesse Jackson and Patrick Buchanan (Commentary, Aug. 2), may make emotions rise, but reason falls. What we need in these troubled times are more voices that bring us together than divide. Inherent in America's democracy is the fulfillment of self-interests by consensus as to what best serves all interests. "Proclaim liberty throughout the land" is inscribed on the Liberty Bell. But because it's cracked, it cannot ring, nor be heard.
July 3, 1986 | United Press International
President Reagan called on Americans Wednesday to ring bells throughout the land at 7:53 tonight to herald the relighting of the torch on the restored Statue of Liberty. In a proclamation designating today as Let Freedom Ring Day 1986, he said: "What could be more fitting than to celebrate this moment with the joyful clamor of bells?" The President said great occasions through the centuries have been marked by the ringing of bells.
January 14, 1993
The City Council will have a bell-ringing ceremony at the Civic Center Fire Station on Sunday to coincide with a nationwide bell ringing to be led by President-elect Bill Clinton in Washington. Clinton will lead a group of schoolchildren across the Memorial Bridge to Lady Bird Park at the gate to Arlington National Cemetery, where they will ring a replica of the Liberty Bell cast for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. The event will begin four days of inaugural activities.
August 30, 2004 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
In October 1795 an African named Joe, who was born a slave and died a slave, arrived here from Mount Vernon, Va. He accompanied the presidential coach of George Washington, who called him "Postilion Joe," for Joe was a postilion, or footman. Joe worked at the Robert Morris house, which served as the presidential residence during Philadelphia's decade as the new nation's capital. Many historians believe he slept in slave quarters behind the mansion, now known as President's House.
July 3, 1986 | United Press International
A replica of the Liberty Bell pealed the start of the Liberty Weekend today and men-of-war from 13 nations steamed slowly into New York Harbor to honor the Statue of Liberty on her 100th Birthday. Hundreds of private boats rode at anchor between Ellis Island and the refurbished statue, its golden torch glinting in the sunlight, or darted around vast sailing ships circling the harbor.
July 5, 1987 | From Associated Press
The Fourth of July inspired parades, picnics, clanging bells and summer festivals Saturday across the nation. Big events included the Boston Pops concert and fireworks show along the Charles River, a triathlon from the Statue of Liberty in New York to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, a "welcome home" concert for Vietnam veterans near the nation's capital and lavish displays of fireworks in hundreds of cities.
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