Today is July 3. On this date in:
George Washington officially took command of the Continental Army.
Cincinnati’s oldest church, Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine, was dedicated.
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.
The first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as USS Valley Forge and HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
Singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers; the commandos succeeded in rescuing all but four of the hostages.
Dan White, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison. (He ended up serving five years.)
The film “Back to the Future,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox, premiered.
Ceremonies began for re-opening the Statue of Liberty after a major renovation.
British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, parachuting into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.
The USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 aboard.
Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military after just one year by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that had brought the Islamist leader to power.