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This Day in History for July 8 – Liberty Bell Rings and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence happens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which the Liberty Bell is rung (More info)

1777 – Vermont becomes the first colony to abolish slavery (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 8 – Kevin Bacon, Toby Keith and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Kevin Bacon
Age: 53
Occupation: Actor, Singer, and Songwriter
Known For: His star-making turn in 1984's 'Footloose,' his musical group The Bacon Brothers, and being separated from everyone in Hollywood by no more than six degrees

Toby Keith
Age: 50
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Selling millions of country albums, his song 'Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue,' and a well-publicized feud with the Dixie Chicks

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Indiana Is No Longer Requiring Its Public Schools to Teach Cursive Writing

According to the Indiana Department of Education, cursive is becoming obsolete.

In a memo sent to school leaders in the state, it was recommended that schools stop teaching cursive, and instead use that time to make its students more proficient in keyboard use.

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Fort Hood Shooter Could Face the Death Penalty

The Army has announced that Maj. Nidal Hasan will be tried in a military court and is eligible for the death penalty for his role in a 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas.

An attorney for the former military psychiatrist, who's been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the deadly rampage, wanted capital punishment taken off the table. It has not yet been decided whether an insanity defense will be used.

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This Day in History for July 7 – US Annexes Hawaii and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863 – The US begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300 (More info)

1898 – President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 7 – Ringo Starr, Michelle Kwan and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Ringo Starr
Age: 71
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
Known For: Winning the "right place, right time" lottery when he was asked to join The Beatles right before they made it big

Michelle Kwan
Age: 31
Occupation: Figure Skater
Known For: Being the most decorated figure skater in US history with two Olympic medals, five World Championships, and nine US championships

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Casey Anthony Sentenced to Four Years in Jail For Lying to Investigators

Casey Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail Thursday for lying to investigators in charge of the search for her daughter, Caylee. However, Anthony could be set free as early as late this month or in the beginning of August, since she's served almost three years in jail while awaiting trial with a record of good behavior.

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US Government Mandates Fast Food Nutrition Labeling

In an effort to help people make more informed choices when eating away from home, the federal government is introducing mandatory nutrition labeling for fast food menus and vending machines.

Items sold at movie theaters are exempt, which is odd given what calorie bombs those snacks can be.

The problem is that few Americans pay much attention to the nutrition labeling on even the packaged foods brought into their homes.

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