July 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Aerobie Pro thrown by Erin Hemmings sets world record for longest throw at 1,333 feet (406.3 meters) at Fort Funston
  • Jul 2 Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.
  • Jul 5 SARS is declared "contained" by the WHO
  • Jul 6 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri, HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris that will arrive in 2036, 2040, 2044, 2044 and 2049 respectively
  • Jul 7 The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed.
  • Jul 8 Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries.
  • Jul 10 A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
  • Jul 15 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • Jul 20 France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
  • Jul 22 Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 A group of 321 Filipino armed soldiers called "Magdalo" took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in Makati City to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Jul 30 The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 4 Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (d. 2005)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Gaetano Alibrandi, Papal diplomat (b. 1914)
  • Jul 10 Winston Graham, English writer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 10 Hartley Shawcross, British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1902)
  • Jul 10 Bishnu Maden, Nepalese politician
  • Jul 14 Éva Janikovszky, Hungarian novelist (b. 1926)
  • Jul 14 François-Albert Angers, French Canadian economist (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953)
  • Jul 16 Carol Shields, Canadian author (b. 1935)
  • Jul 17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • Jul 19 Bill Bright, American evangelist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 19 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1908)
  • Jul 20 Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 21 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • Jul 22 Qusay Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1966)
  • Jul 22 Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1964)
  • Jul 23 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • Jul 25 Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer (b. 1912)
  • Jul 27 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 28 Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 29 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • Jul 31 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)