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On this day: July 3

Published: Jun 27 2012 05:23:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

A major Civil War battle ends, America gains a new state, Jim Morrison overdoses, and summer blockbusters dominate theaters, all on this day.

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

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