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On this day: July 3

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:23:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Tom Cruise
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1962: Actor Tom Cruise, known for movies such as "Risky Business," "Top Gun," "Rain Man," "A Few Good Men," "Mission: Impossible" and "Jerry Maguire," is born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse, N.Y. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.

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