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Today In History - July 3

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Today in History in 1567 explorer Samuel de Champlain was born and in 1608 Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec on his birthday; in 1863 the largest battle ever fought on the American continent – Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. ended.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 324 - Battle of Adrianople Roman Emperor Constantine I defeats Co-Emperor Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.
  • 1187 - Battle of Horns of Hattin; Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem's crusader army.
  • 1608 - Samuel de Champlain founds city of Quebec
  • 1754 - George Washington surrenders to French, Fort Necessity (7 Years' War)
  • 1863 - Battle of Gettysburg, Pa, the largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union.
  • 1884 - Dow Jones published its 1st stock average
  • 1911 - Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game. Does not get a hit next day
  • 1938 - President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
  • 1986 - President Reagan presided over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty
  • 1996 - British House of Commons announces Stone of Scone, used in the coronation of Scottish and British monarchs, will be returned to Scotland after 600 years
  • 2014 - "Guardians of the Galaxy", directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1567 - Samuel de Champlain, explorer (Lake Champlain)
  • 1878 - George M Cohan, Providence Rhode Island, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway)
  • 1937 - Tom Stoppard, Zlin Czech, playwright (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern-1968 Tony)
  • 1962 - Tom Cruise, Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman)

Famous Weddings

  • 1468 - Charles the Stout, Duke of Burgundy marries Princess Margaret of York
  • 1920 - Film director John Ford (26) weds Mary Smith (25)
  • 1951 - Author Maya Angelou (23) weds Thomas J. Angelos
  • 1960 - Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot
  • 1992 - Gary Dell'Abate (Howard Stern Show) marries Mary
  • 1992 – Mass. Senator Ted Kennedy marries Victoria Reggie (38)
  • 1993 - Prince Alois of Liechtenstein weds Duchess Sophie of Bavaria
  • 1994 - Actress Natasha Richardson (31) weds actor Liam Neeson (42) at a private ceremony in New York
  • 2004 - Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California
  • 2004 - The Bachelor actor Bob Guiney (33) weds "All My Children" soap opera actress Rebecca Budig (31) in Long Lake, Michigan
  • 2010 - "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer (36) weds screenwriter Lee Kirk (38) in Malibu

Famous Divorces

  • 1929 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage
  • 1950 - Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1916 - Henrietta (Hetty) Green, (Witch of Wall Street), dies at 81
  • 1971 - Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), dies of heart failure at 27
  • 1986 - Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • 1989 - Jim Backus, actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia
  • 1993 - Don Drysdale, American Major League Baseball player, dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1993 - "Curly" Joe DeRita, last of Three Stooges, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 2001 - Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2007 - Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • 2008 - Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • 2012 - Andy Griffith, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 86

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