1570 Jul 3, Antonio Paleario (67), Italian humanist, was executed by the inquisition.
1775 Jul 3, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
1848 Jul 3, Gen. Peter Von Scholten, faced with the likely destruction of towns and plantations by a slave revolt, declared the slaves of the Danish West Indies (later US Virgin Islands) to be freed.
1871 Jul 3, Jesse James robbed a bank in Corydon, Iowa, of $45,000.
1950 Jul 3, US Pres. Truman signed public law 600. It provided federal statutory authorization for the people of Puerto Rico to write their own constitution.
1971 Jul 3, James Douglas Morrison (b.1943), singer for the Doors rock group, died of an apparent heart attack in Paris, France. Jim Morrison (27) was buried at Pere Lachaise cemetery.
1980 Jul 3, The 15-year-old Berkeley Barb, founded by Max Scherr, released its final issue in Berkeley, Ca. Scherr ran the left-wing paper from 1965-1973.
1992 Jul 3, Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum, the only Jew to attend Vatican II, died.
1998 Jul 3, Pres. Clinton ended his trip to China and praised Pres. Zemin as a man with “good imagination.” Clinton concluded his Far East tour in Hong Kong, where he challenged leaders to set the pace for rescuing Asia from the region’s financial crisis.
2001 Jul 3, Muhammad al-Humaimidi, a high-ranking Iraqi diplomat, asked for asylum in NYC.
2003 Jul 3, Yuri Shchekochikhin (b.1950), a deputy editor for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta and member of parliament, died of a mysterious allergic reaction. He had long campaigned against Boris Yeltsin’s war in Chechnya. Friends and relatives were convinced that he was poisoned.
2006 Jul 3, Former Private Steven D. Green was charged in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl (Abeer Qassim al-Janabi) and killing her (March 11), her parents and sister. Four members of Green’s unit were charged as well; one later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
2007 Jul 3, President Bush refused to rule out an eventual pardon for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby after already commuting his prison sentence in the CIA leak case.
2007 Jul 3, Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero promised that every child born in Spain would receive a baby bonus of €2,500, according to national press reports.
2008 Jul 3, Lydia Lassen-Berge (69), a former prostitute dubbed the “Black Widow” by the German press, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of four wealthy but frail elderly male companions. Siegmund Schlufter (53), her accomplice, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for carrying out the killings.
2010 Jul 3, In Syria, Mohammed Oudeh (73), the key planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes, died.
2013 Jul 3, Doug Engelbart (88), inventor of the computer mouse, died at his home in Atherton, Ca.
2013 Jul 3, Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani called for the government and powerful clergy to end interference in the private lives of the Iranian people, free up Internet access and allow state media to be more open about Iran’s problems.
2014 Jul 3, Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko shook up the leadership of his struggling military, appointing a new defense minister and top general tasked with stamping out the corruption that has left the country’s armed forces faltering before a pro-Russian insurgency. Three helicopters bearing the markings of the Russian armed forces violated Ukrainian airspace several times. Ukraine followed up with protests to Russia.