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On this day: July 3

POSTED: 3:23 PM Jun 27 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 03 2013

A major Civil War battle ends, America gains a new state, Jim Morrison overdoses, and summer blockbusters dominate theaters, all on this day.

July 3 OTD - George Washington
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1775: During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.