July 1999 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
  • Jul 8 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

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Jul 8 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 9 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
  • Jul 15 Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found

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Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Jul 20 Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
  • Jul 23 Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father.
  • Jul 23 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Jul 31 Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 20 Princess Alexandra of Hanover, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)

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Jul 2 Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • Jul 4 Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • Jul 6 Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
  • Jul 7 Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
  • Jul 8 Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • Jul 9 Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
  • Jul 16 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

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Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr., American publisher (George) and lawyer, dies in a plane crash at 38

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Jul 23 Hassan II, King of Morocco (1961-99), dies of natural causes at 70
  • Jul 27 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (b. 1912)
  • Jul 28 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, dies at 87