What Happened in July 2007

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
  • Jul 3 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-2 to win in Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Jul 7 Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal
  • Jul 10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 11 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released.

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
  • Jul 16 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • Jul 17 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.

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Jul 19 The first episode of "Mad Men" debuts. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper

Actor Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
  • Jul 21 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs
  • Jul 22 136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Jul 24 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
  • Jul 25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president
  • Jul 26 40th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 27 News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
  • Jul 29 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Jul 31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria
  • Jul 7 Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (38) weds handbag designer Gelila Assefa (38) in a three-day celebration on the Italian island of Capri
  • Jul 12 World's tallest man who measures 7'9" Bao Xishun (56) weds Xia Shujian (28) in a traditional Mongolian ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan in Beijing, China
  • Jul 14 Actor Jerry O'Connell (33) weds Xmen's "Mystique" Rebecca Romijn (34) at Calabasas, California
  • Jul 14 Former "Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin (25) weds set designer Cody Herpin (30) at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • Jul 22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Comedian and actor Steve Martin (61) weds Anne Stringfield (35) at his Los Angeles home

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 2 Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

  • Jul 5 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage
  • Jul 9 Former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (28) divorces "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 1 year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 13 Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Larry David

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 30 Pop star Britney Spears (25) divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (29) due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (b. 1915)
  • Jul 3 Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • Jul 4 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician (b. 1979)
  • Jul 4 Bill Pinkney, American singer and performer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 5 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • Jul 5 Kerwin Mathews, American actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 5 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • Jul 9 Charles Lane, American actor (b. 1905)
  • Jul 10 Abdul Rashid Ghazi, radical Pakistani cleric (b. 1951)
  • Jul 10 Doug Marlette, American cartoonist (b. 1949)
  • Jul 10 Zheng Xiaoyu, director of the State Food and Drug Administration of the People's Republic of China (b. 1944)
  • Jul 11 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • Jul 11 Alfonso López Michelsen, 32nd Colombian President (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Ed Mirvish, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Jul 11 Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
  • Jul 12 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • Jul 12 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • Jul 12 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • Jul 14 John Ferguson Sr, former professional hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jul 15 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • Jul 17 Júlio Redecker, Brazilian Politician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 18 George Caiazzo, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • Jul 18 Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 19 Roberto Fontanarrosa, Argentine cartoonist (b. 1944)
  • Jul 19 A. K. Faezul Huq, Lawyer, politician, and freelance journalist (b. 1945)
  • Jul 20 Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker), American televangelist (b. 1942)
  • Jul 22 Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • Jul 22 Mike Coolbaugh former baseball player and coach (b.1972)
  • Jul 22 Ulrich Mühe, German actor (b. 1953)
  • Jul 22 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • Jul 22 Laszlo Kovacs, Hungarian-born cinematographer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 23 Tor Kamata, American/Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1937)
  • Jul 23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 23 Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (b. 1914)
  • Jul 23 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, dies at 93
  • Jul 24 Albert Ellis, American psychologist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 24 Chaney Kley, American Actor (b. 1972)
  • Jul 25 Bernd Jakubowski, German goalkeeper (b. 1952)
  • Jul 25 Jesse Marunde, American strongman competitor (b. 1979)
  • Jul 26 Lars Forssell, Swedish writer, member of the Swedish Academy (b. 1928)
  • Jul 26 John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)
  • Jul 26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)
  • Jul 27 Lucky Grills, Australian actor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 28 Jim LeRoy, Airshow pilot (b. 1961)
  • Jul 28 Karl Gotch, Belgian professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Jul 29 Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940)
  • Jul 29 Michel Serrault, French actor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 29 Tom Snyder, American television personality (b. 1936)
  • Jul 29 Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921)
  • Jul 30 Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (b. 1912)
  • Jul 30 Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (b. 1915)

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Jul 30 Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (b. 1918)

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman

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Jul 30 Bill Walsh, American football coach, dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh