A major Civil War battle ends, America gains a new state, Jim Morrison overdoses, and summer blockbusters dominate theaters, all on this day.
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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