Historical Events in July 2015

  • Jul 1 Greek Credit Crisis: Greece becomes 1st developed country to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund (1.7 billion)

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Jul 1 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland
  • Jul 1 US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties
  • Jul 2 BP agrees to compensate US government & gulf states $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
  • Jul 2 62 people are killed after the Kim Nirvana ferry capsizes off the coast of the Philippines
  • Jul 4 Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs
  • Jul 4 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)
  • Jul 4 US golfer Bubba Watson announces he will paint over Confederate flag on Dukes of Hazard car General Lee
  • Jul 4 20th Super Rugby Championship: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14
  • Jul 4 Chile win football's Copa America for the first time
  • Jul 5 7th Womens' Football World Cup: USA defeat Japan 5-2 in Vancouver

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Jul 6 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay his $200,000 & vacate his light middleweight title

  • Jul 8 The New York Stock Exchange stops trading for nearly four hours due to a technical error
  • Jul 8 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans
  • Jul 9 48th San Diego Comic-Con begins (till 12th) - includes preview of new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams
  • Jul 10 The Confederate flag is taken down for the last time from South Carolina Capitol grounds 1 day after the state legislature ordered it removed.
  • Jul 10 23 people are killed & 50 are injured in a stampede at a free clothing drive in Mymensingh, Bangladesh

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Jul 11 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house

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Jul 11 122nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Garbine Muguruza (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

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Jul 12 129th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer (7-6 6-7 6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jul 13 Greek Credit Crisis: Eurozone agrees conditional deal to lend €86bn over 3 years if Greece passes reforms.
  • Jul 13 Sandra Bland is found dead in Waller County jail, Texas after spending weekend in jail after a traffic offence. Her family disputes her supposed suicide

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Jul 14 Harper Lee's 2nd novel "Go Set A Watchman", an early 1957 version of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" goes on sale in 70 countries

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Jul 14 Scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark
  • Jul 14 Arms deal agreed between 6 world powers and Iran limiting Iranian nuclear arms but ending sanctions
  • Jul 14 86th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Jul 16 Scientists reveal 1st close-up pictures of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons probe
  • Jul 16 Shootings in Chattanooga at a US military recruitment centre and a naval reserve training center kill 5 and injure others
  • Jul 17 Suicide bomber in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, kills 120, ISIS claims responsibilty
  • Jul 17 Scientists solve mystery of sleeping sickness in two villages in northern Kazakhstan - uranium mining had caused increase in carbon monoxide

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Jul 17 Marvel's "Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, is released

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
  • Jul 18 "The Sun" newspaper in Britain controversially publishes old picture and video of Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute in 1933
  • Jul 18 PayPal is spun off from eBay as a separate publicly traded company on the NASDAQ
  • Jul 19 World Health Organization puts world's Ebola death toll at 11,284
  • Jul 20 Suicide bomber kills 30 in Turkish town of Suruc near Syrian border
  • Jul 20 144th British Golf Open: American Zach Johnson wins in a four-hole play-off (-1) at St Andrews
  • Jul 20 Hacker group the Impact Team annouce they have hacked married dating site Ashley Madison
  • Jul 21 HistoryOrb.com becomes OnThisDay.com
  • Jul 22 'Oldest' Qur'an fragments discovered in collection of Birmingham University, radiocarbon testing dates to AD568 - AD645
  • Jul 23 NASA's Kepler mission announces discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet - Kepler-452b, 1,400 light years from Earth

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Jul 23 Supreme Court rejects Bill Cosby's petition against a civil case of his alleged sexual of 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

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Jul 24 US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jul 25 UCI BMX Supercross series: Niek Kimmann & Stefany Hernandez win the world title
  • Jul 26 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • Jul 27 Fiat Chrysler fined record $105 million by Us regulators over their number of car recalls
  • Jul 27 The Shanghai Composite Index drops 8.5% in one day
  • Jul 29 Over 3,500 immigrants over 2 days attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel at Calais, to cross into Britian
  • Jul 29 Mohammed Omar, mullah and Taliban leader is confirmed dead (killed 2013) by the Afghan government
  • Jul 29 Part of missing airline MH370 is found on the island of Reunion
  • Jul 29 Microsoft launches Windows 10
  • Jul 29 Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jul 29 27 people are killed & 149 are injured after a truck runs into a religious procession in Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Jul 30 In Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, the temperature reaches 46C (109F), humidity makes it feel like 73C

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Jul 31 It is announced that creative director Alexander Wang will leave Balenciaga

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang