Historical Events in July 2007

  • 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

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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

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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 two 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. 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.