What Happened in July 2016

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Islamic militants storm a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 20 hostages and 2 police, country's worse terror attack
  • Jul 2 Large lorry bomb in Baghdad kills at least 125 people and wounds 150, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Jul 5 NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 5 FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton "extremely careless" in handling classified emails but don't recommend prosecuting

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jul 6 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013
  • Jul 6 Chilcot Report, UK's Iraqi War Inquiry released; concludes Tony Blair overstated case for war and was unpreparaed
  • Jul 6 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed
  • Jul 6 African American Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light, killing is filmed
  • Jul 6 Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released
  • Jul 9 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 9 123rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf's 22 grand slam singles tiles

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship: Portugal defeat France 1-0 in extra time at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 10 130th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2)

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Bernie Sanders endorses fellow Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a speech in New Hampshire

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jul 15 Attempted military coup in Turkey fails, nearly 300 killed, 6,000 then arrested

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announces Indiana governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jul 22 Hillary Clinton announces Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential running mate
  • Jul 23 Suicide bomb in Kabul kills 80 during a protest march, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • Jul 24 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • Jul 25 Verizon announces $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo
  • Jul 28 Earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in "South African Journal of Science"
  • Jul 29 Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia - first woman by a major US party
  • Jul 30 Air balloon crashes into power lines near Lockhart, Texas, killing all 16 on board

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 31 98th PGA Championship: Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot at Baltusrol Golf Club
  • Jul 31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 15 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87
  • Jul 2 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52
  • Jul 2 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), dies at 77
  • Jul 2 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69
  • Jul 2 Earle Brown, American Composer (open form), dies at 75
  • Jul 3 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), dies at 95
  • Jul 3 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author/director (Taste of Cherry), dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, dies at 102
  • Jul 8 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philantropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • Jul 8 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98
  • Jul 9 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • Jul 12 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 13 Héctor Babenco, film director (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies at 70
  • Jul 13 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), dies in a prison hospital at 83
  • Jul 16 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), dies of leukemia at 74
  • Jul 16 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77
  • Jul 17 Gary S. Paxton, American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), dies at 77
  • Jul 18 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Garry Marshall, American TV and film director (Happy Days, Pretty Woman), dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, dies at 93
  • Jul 20 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), dies at 73
  • Jul 22 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Forrest E. Mars Jr., American Candy Manufacturer (Mars), dies at 84
  • Jul 26 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • Jul 27 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90
  • Jul 29 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, dies at 85
  • Jul 30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91
  • Jul 31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88