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 - Transformers
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Paramount Pictures

2007: The sci-fi action blockbuster "Transformers" opens in theaters. The movie, which was an adaptation of the Transformers toy line and animated series from the 1980s, would earn nearly $710 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest grossing movie of the year and the top-grossing non-sequel of 2007.

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