What Happened in July 2008

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Denmark is the first European economy to confirm it is in recession since the global credit crunch began; its GDP shrinks 0.6% in the first quarter after a 0.2% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2007
  • Jul 2 Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 115th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Serena Williams (7-5 6-4)

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 122nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7)

Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jul 10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 14 "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York

  • Jul 16 79th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 20 137th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 20 16th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Candace Parker win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 21 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić is arrested in Serbia and is indicted by the UN's ICTY tribunal.
  • Jul 23 Cape Verde joins the World Trade Organization, becoming its 153rd member.
  • Jul 24 41st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 27 95th Tour de France won by Carlos Sastre of Spain
  • Jul 28 The historic Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier burns down for a second time in 80 years.
  • Jul 30 "Slumdog Millionaire" based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power (37) weds law professor Cass Sunstein (53) at Church of Mary Immaculate in County Kerry, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • Jul 5 "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California
  • Jul 12 Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 13 American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California
  • Jul 26 Actress Jennifer Siebel (34) weds San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (40) at her parents horse ranch in Stevensville, Montana

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 7 Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer (b. 1980)
  • Jul 3 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 3 Clive Hornby, English soap actor - Emmerdale (b. 1944)
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 4 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 4 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Jul 4 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Thomas M. Disch, American science fiction author (b. 1940)
  • Jul 4 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Hasan Doğan, 37th president of the Turkish Football Federation (b. 1956)
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 7 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (b. 1917)
  • Jul 9 Séamus Brennan, Irish politicain (b. 1948)
  • Jul 10 Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana (b. 1938)
  • Jul 10 Mike Souchak, professional golfer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, American surgeon and inventor (b. 1908)
  • Jul 12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • Jul 12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), dies from complications related to brain cancer at 62
  • Jul 13 Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 14 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 15 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17 Larry Haines, American actor (b. 1918)
  • Jul 18 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 19 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (b. 1907)
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • Jul 21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 22 Estelle Getty, American actress ("The Golden Girls"), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • Jul 23 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924)
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio, American composer (b. 1913)
  • Jul 25 Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)
  • Jul 25 Tracy Hall, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 27 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 27 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
  • Jul 29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80