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This Day In History: July 3

This Day in History

1608: French explorer Samuel de Champlain founds the first European settlement on the site of the present city of Québec, Canada.
1754: The opening battle of the French and Indian War takes place at Fort Necessity in Pennsylvania.
1775: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
1890: Idaho is admitted to the Union as the 43d state.
1898: During the Spanish-American War, a Spanish fleet is sunk off Santiago, Cuba.
1954: By 12 strokes, Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins the U.S. Women's Open, a tournament that marks her return to golf after taking time off to recuperate from cancer surgery.
1973: The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), a multinational forum for the promotion of peace, security, justice, and cooperation in Europe, convenes in Helsinki, Finland.
1976: At Entebbe airport in Uganda, an Israeli commando unit stages a raid on an Air France airliner that was hijacked en route from Tel Aviv to Paris; 103 hostages are rescued, while 3 hostages, 7 hijackers, and 20 Ugandan soldiers are killed.
1988: Mistaking a commercial Iranian airliner for an F-14 fighter plane, the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes, in the Persian Gulf, fires a missile that destroys the plane, killing all 290 on board.

Today's Birthdays

1423: Louis XI, king of France (Bourges, France; died 1483)
1738: John Singleton Copley, portrait painter (Boston, MA; died 1815)
1883: Franz Kafka, novelist/short-story writer (Prague, Austria-Hungary; died 1924)
1927: Ken Russell, director (Southampton, England)
1930: Pete Fountain, jazz musician (New Orleans, LA)
1947: Dave Barry, humorist (Armonk, NY). Betty Buckley, actress/singer (Fort Worth, TX)
1956: Montel Williams, TV personality (Baltimore, MD)
1957: Laura Branigan, singer (Brewster, NY; died 2004)
1962: Tom Cruise, actor (Syracuse, NY). Thomas Gibson, actor (Charleston, SC)
1963: Taylor Dayne, singer (Long Island, NY)
1965: Connie Nielsen, actress (Copenhagen, Denmark)
1970: Audra McDonald, actress/singer (Berlin, Germany)
1979: Ludivine Sagnier, actress (La Celle-St.-Cloud, France)


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