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On this day: July 1

Published: Jun 28 2013 04:06:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 01 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - George Sand
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1804: Writer Amantine Lucile Dupin, better known by her pen name George Sand, is born in Paris, France. Some of her best known novels include "Indiana," "Mauprat" and "La Petite Fadette," Besides her writing, she is also known as the famous lover of the composer Frédéric Chopin and for her then scandalous habits of wearing men's clothing and smoking cigars.

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