July 2nd This Day in History- Jim Morrison, Pickett’s Charge

July 3, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

324 – Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.

987 – Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792.

1754 – French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French forces.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1819 – The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens.

1863 – U.S. Civil War: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett’s Charge.

1884 – Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average.

1886 – Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile.

1938 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.

1962 – The Algerian War of Independence against the French ends.

1978 – Amazon Cooperation Treaty (ACT) signed.

1981 – First mention in the New York Times of a disease that would later be called AIDS

1996 – Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland.

2006 – Asteroid 2004 XP14 flies within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth.

Notable Births

1728 – Robert Adam, Scottish architect (d. 1792)

1883 – Franz Kafka, Czech-German writer (d. 1924)

1958 – Charlie Higson, English author and actor

1976 – Bobby Skinstad, Springbok Rugby player

Notable Deaths

1570 – Aonio Paleario, Italian humanist

1904 – Edouard Beaupré, Canadian giant and strongman (b. 1881)

1965 – Trigger, Roy Rogers’s horse (b. 1932)

1971 – Jim Morrison, American singer (The Doors) (b. 1943)

2009 – John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b.1930)

Holidays and observances

The start of the Dog Days according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac but not according to established meaning in most European cultures.

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