July 3 – On This Day In History

3 July

What happened today in history?

  • 1863 – Last day of the Battle of Gettysburg (American Civil War).
  • 1890 – Idaho becomes the 43rd US State.
  • 1938 – The Mallard steam train reaches a speed of 126 mph, setting a new world record.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1945 – Franz Kafka – Czech-German writer.
  • 1958 – Charlie Higson – English author and actor.
  • 1962 – Tom Cruise – American actor (Top Gun, Last Samurai, Mission Impossible)

 

Who died today?

  • 1971 – Jim Morrison – American singer / songwriter (The Doors)
  • 1995 – Pancho Gonzales – American tennis player.

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