The Y! Music Playlist Blog - Archives

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

1863

The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began
 Gettysburg - Ratatat

1867

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

1898

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

1916

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

1943

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

1961

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

1963

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

1969

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

1984

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

1991

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

1997

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

2000

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

2004

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

2010

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

Follow what Robert is listening to on Twitter.

View Comments