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.

OTD July 3 - Andy Griffith
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2012: Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock," dies of a heart attack at age 86 in Manteo, North Carolina. The North Carolina native was also known for his roles in movies and on the stage, as a producer and as a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer.

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