What Happened in July 2000

Historical Events

  • 1st The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
  • 1st Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
  • 2nd Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
  • 2nd UEFA European Championship: France defeat Italy 2-1 in Rotterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

8th "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

Sport awardTennis Open

9th 107th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats L Davenport (6-3 7-6)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

9th 114th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Pat Rafter (6-7 7-6 6-4 6-2) winning his 13th Grand Slam tennis title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 9th Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 10th EADS, the world's second largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.
  • 10th A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.
  • 11th 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
  • 20th The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
  • 20th In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
  • 20th Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
  • 20th 33rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Sport awardGolf Major

23rd 129th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 269 at Royal Lytham

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Event of interestEvent of Interest

23rd 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • 25th Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.

Famous Birthdays

  • 27th Kali Rodriguez, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • 8th Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

16th Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis (54) weds Jill Davis

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

29th American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
  • 1st Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2nd Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 3rd Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor (b. 1944)
  • 4th Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • 7th Kenny Irwin, Jr., American race car driver (b. 1969)
  • 7th Mary Armour, Scottish painter, dies at 80
  • 9th Doug Fisher, English actor (b. 1941)
  • 10th Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, Travancore-Cochin Legislative member (b. 1909)
  • 10th Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
  • 11th Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • 11th Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1921)
  • 12th Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II (b. 1908)
  • 14th William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (b. 1920)
  • 14th René Ríos Boettiger, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 14th Meredith MacRae, American actress (b. 1944)
  • 15th Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • 15th Paul Young, English singer (Mike + The Mechanics), dies of a cardiac arrest at 53
  • 20th Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (b. 1941)
  • 22nd Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)
  • 22nd Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author (b. 1925)
  • 22nd Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • 24th Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (b. 1925)
  • 26th John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
  • 27th Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • 28th Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist and historian (b. 1918)
  • 28th Jerome Smith, american guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band), dies in a construction accident at 47
  • 31st Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Dutch Astronomer, dies at 81