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July 1st,

1863: The bloodiest battle of America's Civil War begins between Union and Confederate forces in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 1946: The world's first peacetime test of a nuclear weapon. The United States explodes a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. 1898: In Cuba, future President Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders wage a victorious assault on San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. 1961: Britain's Princess Diana is born Diana Spencer near Sandringham, England.The charismatic Diana drew worldwide fame and tabloid headlines before her death in a Paris car crash, at age 36. 1997: In Asia, Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule, after more than 150 years as a British colony. China's communist leaders promise to let Hong Kong keep its capitalist ways and civil liberties for the next 50 years. And, 2004: Actor Marlon Brando — stage and silver screen legend — dies in Los Angeles at age 80. Among his roles: "A Streetcar Named Desire", "On The Waterfront", and "The Godfather." Today in History, July 1st, Camille Bohannon The Associated Press.

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