On this day: July 1

Published: Jun 28 2013 04:06:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 01 2014 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.

1 / 59
Reuters

2010: In volume, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill overtakes Ixtoc I, which leaked 130 million gallons off Mexico's coast from 1979 to 1980, to become the worst oceanic oil spill in U.S. recorded history. Before it was capped on July 15, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill discharged 210 million gallons of oil, making it the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • Germanwings Airbus A320 search effort

    Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

    Germanwings plane crash: Timeline of events

    Details continue to emerge about the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525 and the life of the co-pilot who authorities say appears to have set it on a fatal trajectory into the French Alps.

On this Day

  • Eiffel Tower, 1889, Library of Congress

    Library of Congress

    On this day: March 31

    The Eiffel Tower is completed, Knute Rockne dies in a plane crash, "Oklahoma!" debuts on Broadway, and Brandon Lee and Selena both die tragically, all on this day.