11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 3rd July

Statue Of Liberty

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1775 - Commander in Chief George Washington takes charge of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass

2. 1863 - The most decisive battle of the American Civil War, The Battle of Gettysburg, ends

3. 1962 - Actor Tom Cruise is born

4. 1966 - Demonstrators in London are arrested after their protest against the Vietnam War turns violent

5. 1969 - Brian Jones (formerly of the Rolling Stones) is found dead in his swimming pool at his home in Hatfield, England

6. 1971 - Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors dies of heart failure in Paris, aged 27

7. 1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan leads ceremonies to unveil the newly restored Statue of Liberty

8. 1987 - The Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie / the Butcher of Lyon and the former head of the Gestapo is found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment

9. 1988 - An American naval warship patrolling in the Persian Gulf shoots down an Iranian passenger jet after apparently mistaking it for a fighter plane

10. 1998 - After many months of negotiations, together with a bidding war with BMW and high court battles, Rolls Royce is sold to Volkswagen for £479m

11. 2009 - Sarah Palin announces that she will resign from her office as Governor of Alaska

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com, thepeopleshistory

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