July 2005 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 3 The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain.
  • Jul 4 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • Jul 7 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • Jul 7 Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010.
  • Jul 10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 17 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 20 Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent.
  • Jul 21 Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London's public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers are captured and later convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers. See 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings
  • Jul 23 Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.
  • Jul 26 Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
  • Jul 26 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
  • Jul 26 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
  • Jul 27 STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.
  • Jul 28 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
  • Jul 28 A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • Jul 29 Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.

Deaths in History

  • Jul 3 Gaylord Nelson, American politician (b. 1916)
  • Jul 5 James Stockdale, U.S. Navy vice admiral (b. 1923)
  • Jul 6 Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • Jul 6 L. Patrick Gray III, American FBI director (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Evan Hunter, American novelist (b. 1926)
  • Jul 6 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • Jul 10 A.J. Quinnell, English writer (b. 1940)
  • Jul 10 Freda Wright-Sorce, American radio performer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 10 Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin, airshow performers
  • Jul 12 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, Chief executive of British Airways since its privitisation (b. 1917)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 14 Cicely Saunders, English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, dies of cancer at 87

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders
Nurse and Social Worker
Cicely Saunders
  • Jul 16 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
  • Jul 17 Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
  • Jul 17 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • Jul 18 William Westmoreland, American military officer (b. 1914)
  • Jul 19 John Tyndall, British politician (b. 1934)
  • Jul 19 Edward Bunker, American writer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 19 Alain Bombard, French Biologist, Physician, and Politician who made a solitary journey across the Atlantic ocean without provisions, dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian electrician killed by Scotland Yard (b. 1978)
  • Jul 24 Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (b. 1912)
  • Jul 26 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (b. 1908)
  • Jul 26 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 27 Swami Shantanand, Mahasamadhi Day, Indian Saint, Philosopher (b. 1934)
  • Jul 27 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer (b. 1912)
  • Jul 28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • Jul 30 John Garang, Vice President of Sudan (b. 1945)
  • Jul 30 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • Jul 31 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)