On This Day

What Happened in July 2000

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic
  • Jul 1 Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
  • Jul 2 Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
  • Jul 2 UEFA European Championship Final, Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands: David Trezeguet scores in extra time to give France a 2-1 win over Italy
  • Jul 2 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Hale Irwin wins by 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Fleischer for his second US Senior title
  • Jul 4 Canadian jockey Russell Baze scores his 7,000th career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California
  • Jul 6 West Ham United FC pays a record £1.8 million for the late Bobby Moore's collection of memorabilia; 79 items including his 1966 World Cup winner's medal
  • Jul 6 Real estate developer Stan Kroenke announces the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Centre for $450m from the Ascent Entertainment Group

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams wins her first career Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow American Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 8 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras wins 4th straight Wimbledon singles title; beats Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 for his 13th Grand Slams title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 9 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Jul 10 EADS, the world's second largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA
  • Jul 10 A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 10 Coldplay release their debut album "Parachutes" (Grammy Award Best Alternative Album 2002)

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
  • Jul 11 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
  • Jul 15 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens' goal kicking (6) the difference

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Raymond Floyd wins his 4th and final Champions Tour major by 1 stroke from Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Jul 20 The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
  • Jul 20 In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade
  • Jul 20 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him
  • Jul 20 33rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 23 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Tiger Woods beats Thomas Bjørn and Ernie Els by 8 shots to win his first Open title; becomes youngest player at 24 to win all 4 major titles

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 23 US Open Women's Golf, Merit Club: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon; third of Webb's 7 major titles

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 25 Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
  • Jul 30 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal County Down: Irishman Christy O'Connor Jr. successfully defends his title by 2 shots from John Bland of South Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Zion Williamson, American basketball power forward (2019 NBA Draft: #1 pick New Orleans Pelicans), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Jul 27 Kali Rodriguez, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 8 Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis (54) weds Jill Davis

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 29 American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
  • Jul 1 Walter Matthau, American actor and comedian (The Odd Couple, Bad News Bears), dies at 79
  • Jul 2 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • Jul 3 Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 3 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jul 4 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • Jul 6 Ľudovít Rajter, Slovak composer and conductor, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester), dies at 85
  • Jul 7 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), dies in a crash during practice at 30
  • Jul 7 Mary Armour, Scottish painter, dies at 80
  • Jul 8 FM-2030 [Fereidoun M. Esfandiary], Iranian-American author and transhumanist (Are You a Transhuman?), dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Doug Fisher, English actor (b. 1941)
  • Jul 10 Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, Travancore-Cochin Legislative member (b. 1909)
  • Jul 10 Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
  • Jul 11 Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 78
  • Jul 12 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, dies at 98
  • Jul 14 William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (b. 1920)
  • Jul 14 René Ríos Boettiger, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Jul 14 Meredith MacRae, American actress (b. 1944)
  • Jul 15 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • Jul 15 Paul Young, English singer (Mike + The Mechanics), dies of a cardiac arrest at 53
  • Jul 15 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 18 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), dies at 71
  • Jul 20 Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (Principia Discordia), dies at 59
  • Jul 22 Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)
  • Jul 22 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 24 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), dies at 74
  • Jul 24 Anatoli Firsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; 8 x World C'ship gold), dies at 59
  • Jul 26 John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
  • Jul 27 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • Jul 27 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist and historian (b. 1918)
  • Jul 28 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), dies in a construction accident at 47
  • Jul 29 Kobie Coetsee, South African Minister of Defense (1993-94) and Minister of Justice (1980-93), dies at 69
  • Jul 30 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 30 Nan Leslie [Nan Coppage], American actress (Kings Row, The Californians), dies of pneumonia at 74
  • Jul 31 Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Dutch astronomer (correctly predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyper-fine line of neutral atomic hydrogen in interstellar space), dies at 81