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Published Jul 3, 2013 at 05:00AM

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

History

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

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

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

In 1898, the U.S. 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 re-enacted Pickett's Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.

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

In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.

In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes 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 age 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. Comedian “Curly Joe” DeRita, the sixth member of the Three Stooges, died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 83.

Ten years ago: The U.S. put a $25 million bounty on Saddam Hussein and $15 million apiece for his two sons. (The $30 million reward for Odai and Qusai Hussein went to a tipster whose information led U.S. troops to their hideout, where the brothers were killed in a gunbattle.)

Five years ago: The Pentagon announced it had extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time. Venus and Serena Williams won in straight sets to set up their third all-sister Wimbledon final and seventh Grand Slam championship matchup.

One year ago: A federal judge in Amarillo, Texas, found Clayton Osbon, a JetBlue Airways pilot who'd left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists, not guilty by reason of insanity of interfering with a flight crew.

Birthdays

Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 83. Humorist Dave Barry is 66. Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier is 62. Talk show host Montel Williams is 57. Actor Tom Cruise is 51. Actress Yeardley Smith is 49. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 42.

— From wire reports

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