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Today in history: July 3

Today in history: July 3
03 Jul
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Take a step into the past via the pages of The Sentinel. Also, see local births and celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 1953, Holland residents won’t have to go far for entertainment on Fourth of July. There’s all of Lake Michigan with its sandy beaches for swimming and picnicking, plus a lot of inland lakes for fishing and any number of small parks nearby for the casual relaxation most people prefer. The two local posts of the American Legion offer entertainment and fireworks in the seventh annual Community Independence Day Celebration in the evening.

On this day

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

In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.

In 1913, during a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War veterans re-enacted Pickett’s Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk from the Germans.

In 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.

In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.

In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.

In 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers; the commandos succeeded in rescuing all but four of the hostages.

In 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.

In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

In 1992, the first U.S. Air Force C-130 transport planes from Operation Provide Promise arrived in the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Celebrity birthdays

Tom Cruise is 56.

Michael Cole is 78.

Dave Barry is 71.

Olivia Munn is 38.

Births

Zeeland Hospital/Spectrum Health

June 12, 2018

A son, Logan Alexander, to Roxanne and Kurt Alderink of Zeeland.

A daughter, Nova Lotus, to Ragan and Timothy Lange of Allegan.

A daughter, Luna Luz, to Martha and Jordan VanderLugt of Zeeland.

A son, Ira Wilson, to Alicia and Jesse Bazan of Zeeland.

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