TODAY IN HISTORY - July 3rd:

1775 - Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass
1938 - President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
1989 - The movie "Batman," set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1947 - Betty Buckley, Big Springs Tx, actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats)
1947 - Dave Barry, American humorist and author
1958 - Aaron Tippin, Pensacola Fl, singer (You've Got to Stand for Something)
1962 - Tom Cruise, Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman)
1994 - Actress Natasha Richardson (31) weds actor Liam Neeson (42) at a private ceremony in New York
2004 - Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California

GOODBYE TO:

1971 - Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), dies of heart failure at 27
1993 - Don Drysdale, American Major League Baseball player, dies of a heart attack at 56
1993 - "Curly" Joe DeRita, last of Three Stooges, dies of pneumonia at 83
2012 - Andy Griffith,American actor, dies from a heart attack at 86

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