Today in history – July 3, 2019

1775 – George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1819 – The Bank for Savings in the City of New-York, the first savings bank in the United States, opens.

1863 – The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett’s Charge.

1890 – Idaho is admitted as the 43rd state.

1979 – President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

2009 – Sarah Palin announced she was resigning as governor of Alaska with 17 months to go in her term.