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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." --second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776) by Thomas Jefferson
"I am in a tower closed in by nineteen iron doors, with light reaching me only through two little windows, each with a score of iron bars." He complains that in over the two months he has been in prison he has been allowed only five walks of one hour each, in a sort of tomb about fourty feet square surrounded by walls more than fifty feet high ..."--letter from the Marquis de Sade to his wife Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil on 1776, April 18, tr. Letters from prison by Marquis de Sade, Richard Seaver
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- June 11 – American Revolution – The Continental Congress appoints a Committee of Five to draft a Declaration of Independence.