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On July the 3rd
Spain legalized same-sex marriages.
An Iranian air passenger jet was shot down by United States navy warship, USS Vincennes, resulting in the death of all 290 people on board.
American singer, Jim Morrison, was found dead in his bathtub at the age of 27. He was the lead singer of the music band 'The Doors'.
Algeria gains its independence after the Algerian war of independence against the French comes to an end.
American actor, Tom Cruise, was born in Syracuse, New York. His birth name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV .
The first ever colour television broadcast took place in London, England.
Idaho became the 43rd state of the USA.
The Dow Jones company published its 1st stock average.
Czech writer, Franz Kafka, was born in Prague. He is considered as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
The Battle of Gettysburg ended, bringing an end to the bloodiest battle of the American civil war.
During the American war of independence British forces massacred over 350 men, women & children in Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania.
King Louis IX of France was captured by Baibars' Mamluk's army during the Battle of Fariskur in Egypt while leading the Seventh Crusade. He was later released after paying his ransom himself.
Hugh Capet was crowned King of France. He was the first of the Capetian dynasty which ruled France up until the French Revolution in 1792.
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