On this day: July 1

Published On: Jun 28 2013 03:06:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 01 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Battle of Gettysburg begins, America's first zoo opens, the first Tour de France starts, the Sony Walkman hits the market, the PG-13 movie rating is introduced, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill breaks an unfortunate record, all on this day.

OTD July 1 - Luther Vandross
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2005: Singer-songwriter and record producer Luther Vandross, who sold more than 25 million albums and won eight Grammy Awards in his career, dies of a heart attack at the age of 54 in Edison, New Jersey. Among Vandross' Grammy wins were four Best Male R&B Vocal Performance awards and Song of the Year for the 2003 song "Dance with My Father." Some of his other best known songs include "Never Too Much," "Stop to Love," "There's Nothing Better Than Love," "Power of Love/Love Power," "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and "Endless Love."

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