Our country celebrated the day of independence on July 4, but few Americans are aware that the Declaration of Independence (Unabhängigkeitserklärung) was first announced in a German newspaper on July 5, 1776. 

However, John Dunlap, a local Philadelphia printer, printed an English broadside copy in the late afternoon on Thursday, July 4. Broadsides were a large sheet of paper printed on one side that, historically, were posters. 

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