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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.

July 3 OTD - Pickett's Charge
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1863: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett's Charge, as shown here in stereoscope panorama by photographer H.H. Bennett. The battle, which saw the largest number of casualties during the Civil War, was won by Union forces and is often described as the war's turning point

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