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Bongs at 150: Big Ben-sized facts

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The great bell of the Palace of Westminster's clock chimed for the first time on 11 July 1859.

Its nickname, Big Ben, proved so popular that it was used for the whole clock, while the sound of the bell itself has been used in broadcasting for decades.

To celebrate 150 years of the bongs, BBC News presents six facts about Big Ben.

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