July 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 STS 94 (Columbia 23) launches into orbit
  • Jul 1 Britain hands Hong Kong and the New Territories - ceded in 1841 - to the People's Republic of China.
  • Jul 3 Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
  • Jul 4 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
  • Jul 5 NY Yanks withdraw Kenny Rogers & Mariano Duncon deal for SD Padre
  • Jul 6 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic
  • Jul 7 Tower Minn temps dip to 24°F
  • Jul 8 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • Jul 10 Louise Woodward's trial begins in Mass, Nanny murder trial
  • Jul 10 RJR Nabisco announces it will replace Joe Camel in new ads
  • Jul 10 Spain, Partido Popular member Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests.
  • Jul 13 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77
  • Jul 14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • Jul 17 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • Jul 21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
  • Jul 21 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
  • Jul 22 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
  • Jul 22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
  • Jul 22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • Jul 23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act
  • Jul 25 Carroll O'Connor found not guilty of slandering Harry Perzigian
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • Jul 25 Vincent "The Chin" Gigante found guilty of racketeering in NYC
  • Jul 25 K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called "untouchable"— to hold this office.
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Jul 27 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
  • Jul 28 Peter Graf, father of Steffi, enters German jail for tax evasion
  • Jul 28 Guatemala becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Jul 30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • Jul 30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia.

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai

Weddings in History

  • Jul 28 Two-time Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton (38) weds documentary director Timothy Delarm (35) in Las Vegas

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • Jul 8 Charles Drake, geologist, dies of heart attack at 92
  • Jul 13 Alexandra Danilova, ballet great, dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (b. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 15 Gianni Versace, fashion designer, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan at 50

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Jul 18 Eugene Shoemaker, astronomer (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • Jul 23 Andrew Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versage), commits suicide
  • Jul 24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • Jul 24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91
  • Jul 25 Margaret Farrer, midwife, dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Louis Cohen, physicist, dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Seni Pramoj, PM of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies
  • Jul 30 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85
  • Jul 31 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian, dies at 63