What Happened on July 19, 2001

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 34th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans.

Famous Deaths

  • Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62