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    This day in history

    Wednesday, July 3, is the 184th day of 2013. There are 181 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 83. Playwright Tom Stoppard is 76. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 74. Lawyer Gloria Allred is 72. Folk singer Judith Durham (The Seekers) is 70. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 70. Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 68. Country singer Johnny Lee is 67. Humorist Dave Barry is 66. Actress Betty Buckley is 66. Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (Little Feat) is 65. Actress Jan Smithers is 64. Actor Bruce Altman is 58. Former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier is 62. Talk show host Montel Williams is 57. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 55. Rock musician Vince Clarke (Erasure) is 53. Actor Tom Cruise is 51. Actress Hunter Tylo is 51. Actress Connie Nielsen is 49. Actress Yeardley Smith is 49. Singer Ishmael Butler is 44. Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 44. Actress-singer Shawnee Smith is 44. Actress-singer Audra McDonald is 43. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 42. Actor Patrick Wilson is 40. Singer Shane Lynch (Boyzone) is 37. Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tonia Tash (Divine) is 34. Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 33. Actress Shoshannah Stern is 33.

    In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.


    In 1775, General George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge.

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    In 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.

    In 1890, Idaho became the 43d state of the Union.

    In 1898, the US Navy defeated a Spanish fleet outside Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

    In 1913, during a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pa., Civil War veterans reenacted Pickett’s Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.


    In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the 75th anniversary of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

    In 1944,Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.

    In 1950, in the first carrier strikes of the Korean War, USS Valley Forge and HMS Triumph sent fighters against North Korean targets.

    In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.

    In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at 27.


    In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

    In 1993, Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale died in Montreal at age 56.

    In 2003, the United States put a $25 million bounty on Saddam Hussein, and $15 million apiece for his sons. (The $30 million reward for Odai and Qusai Hussein went to a tipster whose information led US troops to their hideout, where the brothers were killed in a gun battle.)

    In 2008, Larry Harmon, who turned Bozo the Clown into a show business staple, died in Los Angeles at 83.

    In 2012, Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show,’’ died at his North Carolina home at 86.