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On this day: July 3

POSTED: 02:23 PM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 02, 2013 

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

OTD July 3 - Iran Flag
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1988: United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard, after the crew mistakenly identified the civilian jet airliner as an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter.

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