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On This Date in History: July 1

I've been on a Revolutionary and Civil War kick lately. I think it started when I took my kids to Kings Mountain National Military Park. I now find myself planning future trips to other historic battle grounds. The National Park service really does a great job in preserving and teaching our history. I was poking around the Internet today for Battle of Gettysburg information when I came across the New York Times Education page "On This Day". It's an excellent resource that gives a timeline of history for whatever day you happen to be interested in. Today is July 1st, and the first item in the New York Times list was the start of the Battle of Gettysburg. This playlist includes the NYT list for July 1 and a song to go with each.

On This Date in History: July 1


The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began
 Gettysburg - Ratatat


Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.
Oh, Canada - Five Iron Frenzy


Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
Rough Rider - The English Beat


Dwight D. Eisenhower married Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud in Denver.
Eisenhower Blues (Live In Studio) - Elvis Costello


"Pay-as-you-go" income tax withholding began.
Income Tax (feat. A. Leon Craft) - The Mainman


Britain's Princess Diana was born Diana Spencer near Sandringham, England.
Diana - Paul Anka


The U.S. Post Office introduced five-digit ZIP codes.
Post Office - Cravin' Melon


Britain's Prince Charles was invested as the prince of Wales.
Prince Of Wales - Bennie Moten


The Motion Picture Association of America established the "PG-13" rating.
Pg-13 - ///Seed


President George H.W. Bush nominated federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
Clarence Thomas - Hepcat


Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.
Hong Kong - Gorillaz


Vermont's civil unions law went into effect, granting gay couples most of the rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage.
Moonlight In Vermont - Ella Fitzgerald


Actor Marlon Brando died at age 80.
Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando And I - R.E.M.


At least two suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim shrine in Pakistan's second largest city, Lahore, killing some three dozen people.
Lahore - Muslimgauze

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