Highlights of this day in history: Union forces win the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War; George Washington takes charge of the Continental Army; Algeria gains independence; Actor Tom Cruise born; Singer Jim Morrison dies. (July 3)
SANDY KOZEL: July 3, 1863.
In Pennsylvania, the Battle of Gettysburg ends during America's Civil War. Union forces win a major victory, as Confederate forces retreat after three days of fighting the war's bloodiest. 1775, a key moment during the American Revolution. General George Washington takes command of the Continental Army in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1988, the USS Vincennes mistakenly shoots down an Iranian jetliner over the Persian Gulf. All 290 people aboard are killed. The United States later agrees to pay nearly $62 million in compensation. 1962, Algeria gains independence from French rule after nearly a decade of fighting in the North African country. Also that same year--
- Show me the money! Jerry, you better yell! Show me the money!
SANDY KOZEL: --actor Tom Cruise is born in Syracuse, New York. Among his movie roles, "Risky Business," "Top Gun," "Rain Man," "Jerry Maguire," and the "Mission Impossible" series. And in 1971--
[MUSIC - THE DOORS, "LIGHT MY FIRE"]
(SINGING) Come on, baby, light my fire. Try to set the night on fire.
SANDY KOZEL: --rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors dies in Paris. Morrison, an icon of the '60s counterculture, was 27. Today in history, July 3, Sandy Kozel, "The Associated Press."