On this day: July 3

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:23:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2016 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 - Jim Morrison
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By Elektra Records [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1971: Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, dies of a heroin overdose at age 27 in Paris, France.

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