What Happened in July 2003

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Aerobie Pro thrown by Erin Hemmings sets world record for longest throw at 1,333 feet (406.3 meters) at Fort Funston
  • Jul 2 Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is arrested for sexual assault

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jul 5 SARS is declared "contained" by the WHO
  • Jul 6 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri, HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris that will arrive in 2036, 2040, 2044, 2044 and 2049 respectively

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 110th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (4-6 6-4 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 117th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats M Philippoussis (7-6 6-2 7-6)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jul 7 The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed.
  • Jul 8 Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries.
  • Jul 10 A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
  • Jul 15 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • Jul 15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 16 11th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 17 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 20 France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
  • Jul 20 132nd British Golf Open: Ben Curtis shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 22 Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 A group of 321 Filipino armed soldiers called "Magdalo" took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in Makati City to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Jul 27 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
  • Jul 30 The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 4 Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 4 Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)
  • Jul 5 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

  • Jul 11 "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (22) weds her manager A.J. Discala at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York
  • Jul 19 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkersonin (26) in Florence, Italy

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 1 N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 2 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Gaetano Alibrandi, Papal diplomat (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 4 Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

Singer Barry White
Barry White
  • Jul 4 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 5 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1979)
  • Jul 6 Buddy Ebsen, American actor (b. 1908)
  • Jul 6 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • Jul 7 Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian-born conductor (b. 1924)
  • Jul 8 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Winston Graham, English writer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 10 Hartley Shawcross, British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1902)
  • Jul 10 Bishnu Maden, Nepalese politician
  • Jul 12 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 14 Éva Janikovszky, Hungarian novelist (b. 1926)
  • Jul 14 François-Albert Angers, French Canadian economist (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953)
  • Jul 15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • Jul 16 Carol Shields, Canadian author (b. 1935)
  • Jul 17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • Jul 17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • Jul 19 Bill Bright, American evangelist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 19 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1908)
  • Jul 20 Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 21 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • Jul 21 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • Jul 22 Qusay Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1966)
  • Jul 22 Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1964)
  • Jul 22 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • Jul 23 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • Jul 25 Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer (b. 1912)
  • Jul 25 Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • Jul 25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 27 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 27 Bob Hope, English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer (b. 1903)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope
  • Jul 28 Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 29 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • Jul 30 Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 31 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)