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.

Sports History

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

  • Jul 5 French driver Sébastien Bourdais wins first-ever night road-course event in Champ Car history on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport layout

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

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

  • 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, May 2044, September 2044 and 2049 respectively

Sports History

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

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

  • Jul 7 The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed
  • 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

US Women's Golf Open

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

  • 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.

Sports History

Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Craig Stadler wins his first of 2 Champions Tour major titles by 3 strokes from Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson

  • Jul 15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
  • Jul 15 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • Jul 17 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Sports History

Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Ben Curtis becomes first debut winner since Tom Watson in 1975; in his first major appearance at #396 in world rankings beats runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh by 1 stroke

  • 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

Music Concert

Jul 24 Ringo Starr's eighth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Colin Hay, Paul Carrack, John Waite, Sheila E., and Mark Rivera

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England

Volkswagen Beetle

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


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Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Storm Reid, American actress (A Wrinkle in Time, Euphoria), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 1 Tate McRae, Canadian singer-songwriter and dancer (You Broke Me First), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jul 4 Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (1st person to survive the transplantion of eight organs in a single operation), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 4 Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)

James Van Der Beek

Jul 5 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California; divorced 2010

Elizabeth Banks

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

  • Jul 5 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California
  • 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

Melissa Joan Hart

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

Emma Thompson

Jul 29 British actress Emma Thompson (44) weds actor Greg Wise (37) in Loch Eck, Scotland


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Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist ("Hijack"; Push Push; Memphis Underground), dies at 73
  • Jul 1 N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75
  • Jul 2 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive (Whitbread & Co), dies at 77
  • Jul 3 Gaetano Alibrandi, Italian Catholic priest and papal diplomat, dies at 89
  • Jul 4 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)

Barry White

Jul 4 Barry White, American singer (Love's Theme), dies at 58

  • 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 Bishnu Maden, Nepalese politician
  • Jul 10 Hartley Shawcross, British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1902)
  • Jul 10 Winston Graham, English writer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 12 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, dies at 93
  • Jul 13 Compay Segundo [Máximo Muñoz-Telles], Cuban trova guitarist, singer, and composer (Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 95
  • Jul 14 Éva Janikovszky, Hungarian novelist (b. 1926)
  • Jul 14 François-Albert Angers, French Canadian economist (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Elisabeth Welch, American born British-based singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 99
  • Jul 15 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (2066), dies at 50
  • Jul 15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • Jul 16 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', dies of cancer at 77
  • Jul 17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • Jul 17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), dies at 88
  • Jul 19 Bill Bright, American evangelist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 19 Pierre Graber, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1970–1978), dies at 94
  • 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 Erik Brann [Braunn], American violin prodigy and rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"), dies of congenital heart disease at 52
  • Jul 25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 25 Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer, dies at 91
  • Jul 27 Artie Anton, American jazz drummer, conguero, and timbalero (Stan Kenton, Jimmy Guiffre), dies at 79

Bob Hope

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

  • 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 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)
  • Jul 31 John Aston Sr., English soccer striker (17 caps; Manchester United 253 games), dies at 81