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John Hancock Was Born
January 12, 1737

When you sign your name, that's known as giving your John Hancock. Born on this day in 1737, John Hancock is most famous for his bold signature. On August 2, 1776, he was the first member of the Continental Congress to sign the Declaration of Independence, the document first demanding independence for the United States from the rule of Great Britain. (The Declaration was "adopted," or accepted, on July 4, 1776.) How do you sign your name?
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