The Declaration of Independence: Six things you (probably) didn't know

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  • The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776.
  • A public reading of it started an anti-British riot in New York City
  • One of only 26 known early copies was discovered in 2009 in the British Archives

(CNN)This Fourth of July will mark the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the document that birthed the nation.

You may know about John Hancock's famously large signature or that Thomas Jefferson authored the document, but here are six facts you may not know about the Declaration.
1. The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4.
    Although July 4 is the day the United States celebrates independence,