Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 2014 with 181 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Nepune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Welsh poet and writer William Henry Davies ("The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp") in 1871; actor, singer, composer George M. Cohan in 1878; Czech novelist Franz Kafka in 1883; actor George Sanders in 1906; journalist and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen in 1913; Jerry Gray, band leader, arranger for Glenn Miller, in 1915; English filmmaker Ken Russell in 1927; jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain in 1930 (age 84); English playwright Tom Stoppard in 1937 (age 77); singer Fontella Bass in 1940; former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek, also in 1940, (age 74); celebrity attorney Gloria Allred in 1941 (age 73); humorist Dave Barry and actor Betty Buckley both in 1947 (age 67); overthrown Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in 1951 (age 63); talk show host Montel Williams in 1956 (age 58); pop singer Laura Branigan in 1957; actors Tom Cruise and Thomas Gibson, both in 1962 (age 52); and Yeardley Smith in 1964 (age 50); actor and singer Audra McDonald in 1970 (age 44); and champion Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel in 1987 (age 27).
On this date in history:
In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the Canadian town of Quebec.
In 1775, George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
In 1863, the Union army under the command of Gen. George Meade defeated Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg, Pa.
In 1890, Idaho was admitted as the 43rd state in the United States.
In 1971, rock star Jim Morrison, 27, was found dead of heart failure in a bathtub in Paris.
In 1986, Rudy Vallee, one of the nation's most popular singers in the 1920s and '30s, died at the age of 84.
In 1988, missiles fired from the USS Vincennes brought down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
In 1996, Boris Yeltsin was re-elected president of Russia, defeating Gennadi Zyuganov in a runoff.
In 2009, Sarah Palin, who became a national figure as the Republican candidate for vice president in 2008, announced she was resigning as governor of Alaska with 17 months to go in her term.
In 2010, at least 230 people were killed in an explosion sparked by a cigarette near an overturned oil tanker truck in the Republic of the Congo.
In 2012, actor Andy Griffith, most famous for his role as a wise, folksy sheriff in the long-running TV show that bore his name, died at his home in North Carolina. He was 86.
In 2013, the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from office and announced it was suspending the constitution and planning new elections.
A thought for the day: "What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." -- Marilyn vos Savant