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- Charles Laughton
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1899: Actor Charles Laughton, best known for movies like "Mutiny on the Bounty," "The Private Life of Henry VIII" and "Witness for the Prosecution," is born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. Laughton, who won an Academy Award for "The Private Life of Henry VIII" and earned two other Oscar nominations, also directed and co-wrote the 1955 thriller "The Night of the Hunter." He died of kidney cancer at age 63 on Dec. 15, 1962.

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