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3rd July: Today In History

Today is Monday, July 3rd, the 184th day of 2017. There are 181 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Events:
1863:  The three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.
On this date:
1775:  Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1890:  Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.
1913:  During a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War veterans re-enacted Pickett’s Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.
1938:  President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.
1944:  During World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk from the Germans.
1950:  The first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
1962:  French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.
1971:  Singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
1976:  Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe (en-TEH’-bee) Airport in Uganda (yoo-GAHN’-dah) by pro-Palestinian hijackers; the commandos succeeded in rescuing all but four of the hostages.
1987:  British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, parachuting into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.
1988:  The USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
1992:  The first U.S. Air Force C-130 transport planes from Operation Provide Promise arrived in the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Birthdays:
Actor Tim O’Connor is 90.
Playwright Tom Stoppard is 80.
Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 78.
Actor Michael Cole (TV: “The Mod Squad”) is 77.
Attorney Gloria Allred is 76.
Folk singer Judith Durham (The Seekers) is 74.
Actor Kurtwood Smith is 74.
Country singer Johnny Lee is 71. 

Quotes Of The Day:
Just because the past taps you on the shoulders, doesn’t mean you have to look back... 
Bad things happen so you can see who is there for you at the end of the day. Once you realize who really is, that's all that really matters.

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