THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Monday, July 3, the 184th day of 2017. There are 181 days left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1863: The three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions.
IN THE WORLD
1950: The first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
1962: French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule. 1987: British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, parachuting into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.
1988: The USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Humorist Dave Barry is 70. Actress Jan Smithers is 68. Musician Vince Clarke is 57. Actor Tom Cruise is 55. Actress Yeardley Smith is 53. Actress Shawnee Smith is 48. Actor Patrick Wilson is 44. Actress Olivia Munn is 37.