What Happened in July 2003

Historical Events

  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jul 5 SARS is declared "contained" by the WHO

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title beating older sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 5 French driver Sébastien Bourdais wins first-ever night road-course event in Champ Car history on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport layout
  • 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 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jul 7 Tour de France: After 2nd stage, Australians are in possession of both yellow & green jerseys for the first time, Brad McGee overall leader & Robbie McEwen sprint leader
  • Jul 7 The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Hilary Lunke wins in a playoff with Kelly Robbins & Angela Stanford for her only career LPGA tournament victory

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 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 Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. Deadliest Hong Kong traffic accident .

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Point Grey CC: Beth Daniel wins by 1 from Julie Inkster

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Jul 15 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • Jul 15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 16 11th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 17 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 20 France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
  • Jul 20 132nd British Golf Open: Ben Curtis shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • 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" take over Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in Makati City to show 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 27 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
  • Jul 27 British Open Seniors Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England

CommunicationVolkswagen Beetle

Jul 30 The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico
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Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 4 Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)
  • Jul 5 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

  • Jul 11 "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (22) weds her manager A.J. Discala at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York
  • Jul 19 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkersonin (26) in Florence, Italy


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75
  • Jul 1 N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 2 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • Jul 2 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, dies at 80
  • Jul 3 Gaetano Alibrandi, Papal diplomat (b. 1914)
  • Jul 3 Sir Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive, former chairman (Whitbread & Company), dies at 77

Person of interestBarry White

Jul 4 Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • Jul 4 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 5 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
  • Jul 6 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies of complications from pneumonia at 95
  • Jul 6 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • Jul 7 Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian-born conductor (b. 1924)
  • Jul 8 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • 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 12 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (b. 1907)
  • 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 15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • Jul 16 Carol Shields, Canadian author (b. 1935)
  • Jul 17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • Jul 17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • 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 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 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 22 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • Jul 23 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • Jul 25 Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer (b. 1912)
  • Jul 25 Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • Jul 25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 27 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)

Person of interestBob Hope

Jul 27 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Jul 28 Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 29 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • Jul 29 Johnny Walker [Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi], Indian actor (Madhumati, Chachi 420), dies at 82
  • Jul 30 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • Jul 31 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)