- 1775: George Washington assumes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge in Massachusetts during the American Revolutionary War.
- 1778: Iroquois warriors who are allies with Great Britain, kill almost 400 people in the Wyoming Valley Massacre during the American Revolutionary War.
- 1819: The first savings bank to open in the U.S., the Bank of Savings, opens in New York City.
- 1848: In what was known as the Danish West Indies, slaves are given their freedom. This area would eventually be called the U.S Virgin Islands.
- 1852: The second U.S mint is established by Congress and located in San Francisco.
- 1863: This date is the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. It would conclude with Pickett’s Charge.
- 1866: The Battle of Koniggratz is finished during the Austro-Prussian War. As a result of this battle, Prussia would end up becoming the prominent German nation.
- 1886: The Patent Motorwagen is unveiled by Karl Benz.
- 1886: The New York Tribune begins publishing its papers using a linotype machine instead of setting the typeface by hand.
- 1890: Idaho becomes the 43rd United States’ State.
- 1913: Pickett’s Charge is reenacted by Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913.
- 1940: At Mers El Kébir, the British fleet bombards the French fleet to prevent that fleet from falling into German hands. 3 battleships are destroyed and over 1,200 French sailors die.
- 1944: Soviet forces liberate Minsk from the Nazis during Operation Bagration.
- 1962: Jackie Robinson enters the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s the first African-American ball player to be inducted.
- 1988: Almost 300 people are killed when the U.S Naval warship the USS Vincenne shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf.
Famous Birthdays on July 3
- American actress Susan Peters is born in 1921.
- English author Evelyn Anthony is born in 1928.
- English philosopher Nicholas Maxwell is born in 1937.
- American actor and producer Tom Cruise is born in 1962.
- American actor Thomas Gibson is born in 1962.
- American actress Shawnee Smith is born in 1969.
- Australian publisher and founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is born in 1971.
There was a lot going on that day.
Maybe you have a birthday today, July 3rd ?
Or did something special happen to you in your life on that day ?
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