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Monday 3 July 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Emancipation Day (United States Virgin Islands)

Events

  • 1988 – United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
  • 1979 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
  • 1962 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1952 – The Constitution of Puerto Rico is approved by the United States Congress.
  • 1952 – The SS United States sets sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship takes the Blue Riband away from the RMS Queen Mary.
  • 1938 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
  • 1898 – A Spanish squadron, led by Pascual Cervera y Topete, is defeated by an American squadron under William T. Sampson in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.
  • 1886 – Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the first purpose-built automobile.
  • 1886 – The New-York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.
  • 1884 – Dow Jones & Company publishes its first stock average.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett's Charge.
  • 1852 – Congress establishes the United States' 2nd mint in San Francisco.
  • 1839 – The first state normal school in the United States, the forerunner to today's Framingham State University, opens in Lexington, Massachusetts with three students.
  • 1819 – The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: Iroquois allied to Britain kill 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1767 – Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published.
  • 1767 – Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret.
  • 1608 – Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain.
  • 987 – Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France until the French Revolution in 1792.

Births

  • 1993 – Mathias Anderle, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1989 – Elle King, American singer, songwriter, and actress
  • 1984 – Manny Lawson, American football player
  • 1983 – Steph Jones, American singer-songwriter
  • 1977 – David Bowens, American football player
  • 1976 – Wanderlei Silva, Brazilian-American mixed martial artist
  • 1973 – Patrick Wilson, American actor and singer
  • 1971 – Julian Assange, Australian journalist, publisher, and activist, founded WikiLeaks
  • 1970 – Audra McDonald, American actress and singer
  • 1969 – Ishmael Butler, American rapper, musician, and songwriter
  • 1969 – Shawnee Smith, American actress and musician
  • 1967 – Brian Cashman, American businessman
  • 1966 – Moisés Alou, American baseball player
  • 1965 – Connie Nielsen, Danish-American actress
  • 1964 – Tom Curren, American surfer
  • 1964 – Yeardley Smith, French-American actress and voice artist
  • 1962 – Thomas Gibson, American actor
  • 1962 – Tom Cruise, American actor and producer
  • 1959 – Ian Maxtone-Graham, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1959 – Stephen Pearcy, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist
  • 1958 – Aaron Tippin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1956 – Montel Williams, American talk show host and television personality
  • 1952 – Carla Olson, American singer-songwriter and music producer
  • 1952 – Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1950 – James Hahn, American judge and politician, 40th Mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1949 – Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American R&B/funk singer (Heatwave) (d. 2006)
  • 1948 – Paul Barrere, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1947 – Betty Buckley, American actress and singer
  • 1947 – Dave Barry, American journalist and author
  • 1947 – Mike Burton, American swimmer
  • 1946 – Johnny Lee, American singer and guitarist
  • 1946 – Michael Clarke, American folk-rock drummer (The Byrds) (d. 1993)
  • 1946 – Michael Shea, American author (d. 2014)
  • 1945 – Michael Cole, American actor
  • 1943 – Kurtwood Smith, American actor
  • 1943 – Norman E. Thagard, American astronaut
  • 1941 – Gloria Allred, American lawyer and activist
  • 1940 – Lamar Alexander, American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Education
  • 1940 – Lance Larson, American swimmer
  • 1935 – Cheo Feliciano, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1935 – Harrison Schmitt, American geologist, astronaut, and politician
  • 1933 – Edward Brandt, Jr., American physician and mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Richard Mellon Scaife, American businessman (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Pete Fountain, American clarinet player (d. 2016)
  • 1930 – Tommy Tedesco, American guitarist (d. 1997)
  • 1926 – Johnny Coles, American trumpet player (d. 1997)
  • 1926 – Rae Allen, American actress, singer, and director
  • 1925 – Danny Nardico, American professional boxer (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Arjun Naidu, Indian first-class cricketer
  • 1921 – Susan Peters, American actress (d. 1952)
  • 1920 – Paul O'Dea, American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)
  • 1919 – Gerald W. Thomas, American soldier and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1916 – John Kundla, American basketball player and coach (d. 2017)
  • 1913 – Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist, actress, and author (d. 1965)
  • 1908 – M. F. K. Fisher, American author (d. 1992)
  • 1908 – Robert B. Meyner, American lawyer and politician, 44th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1905 – Johnny Gibson, American hurdler and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1901 – Ruth Crawford Seeger, American composer (d. 1953)
  • 1897 – Jesse Douglas, American mathematician and academic (d. 1965)
  • 1889 – Richard Cramer, American actor (d. 1960)
  • 1886 – Raymond A. Spruance, American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (d. 1969)
  • 1879 – Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American mathematician, linguist, and philosopher (d. 1950)
  • 1878 – George M. Cohan, American songwriter, actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1942)
  • 1876 – Ralph Barton Perry, American philosopher and academic (d. 1957)
  • 1860 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American sociologist and author (d. 1935)
  • 1844 – Dankmar Adler, German-born American architect and engineer. (d. 1900)
  • 1738 – John Singleton Copley, American painter (d. 1815)
  • 1728 – Robert Adam, Scottish-English architect, designed Culzean Castle (d. 1792)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Boyd K. Packer, American religious leader and educator (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Diana Douglas, British-American actress (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Wayne Townsend, American farmer and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Ira Ruskin, American politician (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Jini Dellaccio, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ukrainian-American rabbi and author (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Francis Ray, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Andy Griffith, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Richard Alvin Tonry, American lawyer and politician (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Yvonne B. Miller, American educator and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2009 – John Keel, American journalist and author (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist, developed the OBJ programming language (b. 1941)
  • 2005 – Gaylord Nelson, American lawyer and politician, 35th Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1916)
  • 2001 – Johnny Russell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1940)
  • 1999 – Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1952)
  • 1998 – Danielle Bunten Berry, American game designer and programmer (b. 1949)
  • 1995 – Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (b. 1928)
  • 1993 – Don Drysdale, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • 1989 – Jim Backus, American actor and voice artist (b. 1913)
  • 1986 – Rudy Vallée, American singer, saxophonist, and actor (b. 1901)
  • 1981 – Ross Martin, American actor and director (b. 1920)
  • 1978 – James Daly, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1974 – John Crowe Ransom, American poet and critic (b. 1888)
  • 1971 – Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 1954 – Reginald Marsh, French-American painter, illustrator, and academic (b. 1898)
  • 1937 – Jacob Schick, American-Canadian captain and businessman, invented the electric razor (b. 1877)
  • 1935 – André Citroën, French engineer and businessman, founded the Citroën Company (b. 1878)
  • 1921 – James Mitchel, Irish-American weight thrower (b. 1864)
  • 1916 – Hetty Green, American businesswoman and financier (b. 1834)
  • 1908 – Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist and author (b. 1845)
  • 1863 – George Hull Ward, American general (b. 1826)
  • 1863 – Little Crow, American tribal leader (b. 1810)
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