July 2016 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Islamic militants storm a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 20 hostages and 2 police, country's worse terror attack
  • Jul 2 Large lorry bomb in Baghdad kills at least 125 people and wounds 150, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Jul 5 NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit

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Jul 5 FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton "extremely careless" in handling classified emails but don't recommend prosecuting

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jul 6 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013
  • Jul 6 Chilcot Report, UK's Iraqi War Inquiry released; concludes Tony Blair overstated case for war and was unpreparaed
  • Jul 6 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed
  • Jul 6 African American Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light, killing is filmed
  • Jul 6 Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released
  • Jul 9 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans

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Jul 12 Bernie Sanders endorses fellow Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a speech in New Hampshire

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jul 15 Attempted military coup in Turkey fails, nearly 300 killed, 6,000 then arrested
  • Jul 22 Hillary Clinton announces Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential running mate
  • Jul 23 Suicide bomb in Kabul kills 80 during a protest march, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • Jul 25 Verizon announces $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo
  • Jul 28 Earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in "South African Journal of Science"
  • Jul 29 Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia - first woman by a major US party
  • Jul 30 Air balloon crashes into power lines near Lockhart, Texas, killing all 16 on board

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Jul 31 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87
  • Jul 2 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), dies at 77
  • Jul 2 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, dies at 102
  • Jul 8 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philantropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • Jul 8 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98
  • Jul 9 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • Jul 13 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), dies in a prison hospital at 83
  • Jul 18 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Forrest E. Mars Jr., American Candy Manufacturer (Mars), dies at 84
  • Jul 27 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90
  • Jul 29 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, dies at 85
  • Jul 31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88