Today is Friday, July 3, the 185th day of 2020 with 181 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include artist John Singleton Copley in 1738; American writer/social reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1860; Czech novelist Franz Kafka in 1883; English playwright Tom Stoppard in 1937 (age 83); singer Fontella Bass in 1940; former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek in 1940 (age 80); celebrity attorney Gloria Allred in 1941 (age 79); humorist Dave Barry in 1947 (age 73); actor Betty Buckley in 1947 (age 73); overthrown Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in 1951; talk show host Montel Williams in 1956 (age 64); pop singer Laura Branigan in 1952; actor Tom Cruise in 1962 (age 58); actor Thomas Gibson in 1962 (age 58); actor Yeardley Smith in 1964 (age 56); celebrity chef Sandra Lee in 1966 (age 54); actor/singer Audra McDonald in 1970 (age 50); former hockey player Teemu Selanne in 1970 (age 50); WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 1971 (age 49); actor Patrick Wilson in 1973 (age 47); actress Andrea Barber in 1976 (age 44); actress Olivia Munn in 1980 (age 40); champion Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel in 1987 (age 33); singer Elle King in 1989 (age 31); actor Chosen Jacobs in 2001 (age 19).
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 became the 43rd state of the United States of America.
In 1915, J.P. Morgan Jr., son of renowned banker and financier J. P. Morgan, was shot twice in the groin by Eric Muenter, a German professor at Harvard University. Morgan survived the would-be assassination attempt.
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial Gettysburg.
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 United States' most popular singers in the 1920s and '30s, died at the age of 84.
In 1988, during the Iran-Iraq War, missiles fired from the USS Vincennes brought down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. The United States said the ship's crew had incorrectly identified the jetliner, believing it was an attacking Iranian fighter jet. Years later, the United States agreed to pay millions of dollars in reparations for what it called "a terrible human tragedy."
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 2013, the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from office and announced it was suspending the constitution and planning new elections.
In 2018, the Justice Department under President Donald Trump reversed a set of Obama-era guidelines that promoted using race in admissions standards to achieve diversity in schools.
A thought for the day: "The surest way to get a thing in this life is to be prepared for doing without it, to the exclusion even of hope." --Scottish writer Jane Welsh Carlyle