On this day: July 3

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:23:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2014 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 - Terminator 2
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1991: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong, and directed by James Cameron, opens in theaters. The sci-fi sequel earned $54 million its opening weekend, ranking it as the second-largest opening to that point in movie history, and would earn nearly $520 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie of 1991.

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