Today is Sunday, July 3, the 184th day of 2011. There are 181 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 3, 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
On this date:
In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
In 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.
In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.
In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet outside Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.
In 1962, Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.
In 1979, Dan White, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH'-nee) and Supervisor Harvey Milk, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison. (He ended up serving five years.)
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan presided over a gala ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty. Singer-actor Rudy Vallee died at his North Hollywood home at age 84.
In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
Ten years ago: Flashing the defiance that marked his 13 years in power, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic (sloh-BOH'-dahn mee-LOH'-shuh-vich) refused to enter a plea on war crimes charges in his first appearance before a U.N. tribunal at The Hague. General Electric's $41 billion purchase of Honeywell International was vetoed by the European Union _ the first time a merger of two U.S. companies was stopped solely by European regulators.
Five years ago: Former Private Steven D. Green was charged in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl (Abeer Qassim al-Janabi) and killing her, her parents and sister. (Green was convicted of murder and rape, and was sentenced to five life terms.) A subway train derailed in Valencia, Spain, killing 43 people. Annika Sorenstam ended ten years of frustration by winning the U.S. Women's Open, her tenth major championship.
One year ago: President Barack Obama announced the awarding of nearly $2 billion for new solar plants that he said would create thousands of jobs. Vice President Joe Biden returned to Iraq to coax its government into picking a new prime minister. Mohammed Oudeh, 73, the key planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes, died in Damascus. Serena Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam championship by sweeping Vera Zvonareva in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the women's final.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Tim O'Connor is 84. Movie director Ken Russell is 84. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 81. Playwright Tom Stoppard is 74. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 72. Singer Fontella Bass is 71. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 68. Actor Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad") is 66. Country singer Johnny Lee is 65. Humorist Dave Barry is 64. Actress Betty Buckley is 64. Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (bah-RAYR') (Little Feat) is 63. Actress Jan Smithers is 62. Actor Bruce Altman is 56. Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier (doo-VAHL'-yay) is 60. Talk show host Montel Williams is 55. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 53. Rock musician Vince Clarke (Erasure) is 51. Actor Tom Cruise is 49. Actor Thomas Gibson is 49. Actress Hunter Tylo is 49. Actress Connie Nielsen is 47. Actress Yeardley Smith is 47. Singer Ishmael Butler is 42. Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 42. Actress-singer Audra McDonald is 41. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 40. Actor Patrick Wilson is 38. Country singer Trent Tomlinson is 36. Andrea Barber is 35. Singer Shane Lynch (Boyzone) is 35. Actor Ian Anthony Dale is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tonia Tash (Divine) is 32. Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 31. Actress Shoshannah Stern is 31. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 20. Actress Kelsey Batelaan is 16.
Thought for Today: "I suppose it can be truthfully said that Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity." _ Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer, politician (1833-1899).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, July 3)
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