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On This Day in History - 3rd July

Birthdays

1728Robert Adam, Scottish architect
1883Franz Kafka, Czech author
1927Ken Russell, British film director
1937Tom Stoppard, British writer/playwirght
1951Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer
1962Tom Cruise, American film actor

Events

1608The Candian city of Quebec was founded by Samuel Champlain
1863The battle of Gettysberg, during the American Civil War, ended
1928The first colour TV transmission was made by John Logie Baird
1944The Russian city of Minsk was recaptured from the Germans
1954Food rationing in Britain officially ended
1981There were riots in Southall during a punk concert
1986The government abandoned its water privatisation plans
1988A US warship in the Gulf accidently shot down an Iranian airliner