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 - 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, New York. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards in his blockbuster career.

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