On This Day in History – July 3 – Almanac


Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin talks to a customer during a signing for her new book ‘Going Rogue: An American Life’ at Woodland Mall Barnes & Noble in Grand Rapids, Michigan November 18, 2009. On July 3, 2009, Palin announced that she was stepping down as governor of Alaska with 17 months left in her term. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License picture

Today is Sunday, July 3, the 184th day of 2022 with 181 to go.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Neptune and Saturn.

People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include artist John Singleton Copley in 1738; American writer/social reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1860; Czech novelist Franz Kafka in 1883; the English playwright Tom Stoppard in 1937 (85); singer Fontella Bass in 1940; famed lawyer Gloria Allred in 1941 (age 81); comedian Dave Barry in 1947 (age 75); actor Betty Buckley in 1947 (age 75); overthrew Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier in 1951; talk show host Montel Williams in 1956 (age 66); pop singer Laura Branigan in 1952; actor Tom Cruise in 1962 (age 60); actor Thomas Gibson in 1962 (age 60); actor Yeardley Smith in 1964 (age 58); celebrity chef Sandra Lee in 1966 (age 56); actor/singer Audra McDonald in 1970 (age 52); former hockey player Teemu Selanne in 1970 (age 52); actor Benedict Wong in 1971 (age 51); WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 1971 (age 51); actor Patrick Wilson in 1973 (age 49); actress Andrea Barber in 1976 (age 46); actress Olivia Munn in 1980 (age 42); Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel in 1987 (35 years old); singer Elle King, born Tanner Elle Schneider, in 1989 (33 years old).

On this historical date:

In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the Canadian city of Quebec.

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

In 1863, the Union Army under the command of General George Meade defeated Confederate forces commanded by General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the United States of America.

In 1915, JP Morgan Jr., son of famous banker and financier JP Morgan, was shot twice in the groin by Eric Muenter, a German professor at Harvard University. Morgan survived the alleged assassination attempt.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Peace Memorial in Gettysburg.

In 1971, 27-year-old rock star Jim Morrison was found dead of heart failure in a bathtub in Paris.

In 1986, Rudy Vallée, one of America’s most popular singers of the 1920s and 1930s, died at the age of 84.

In 1988, during the Iran-Iraq War, missiles fired from the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people on board. The United States said the ship’s crew incorrectly identified the airliner, believing it to be an attacking Iranian fighter jet. Years later, the United States agreed to pay millions of dollars in reparations for what it called “a terrible human tragedy.”

In 1996 Boris Yeltsin was re-elected President of Russia, defeating Gennadi Zyuganov in a runoff.

In 2009, Sarah Palin, who became a national figure as the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, announced that she was stepping down as governor of Alaska with 17 months left in her term.

In 2010, at least 230 people were killed in an explosion triggered by a cigarette near an overturned fuel tanker in the Republic of Congo.

In 2013, the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from office and announced that it was suspending the constitution and planning new elections.

In 2021, torrential rains triggered a landslide in Atami, Japan, killing more than two dozen people.

A thought for the day: “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be taken lightly.” — American food writer MFK Fisher

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