On This Day

What Happened in July 2005

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50k for shoving a cameraman - sentence later overturned

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats fellow American Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 for the 3rd of her 5 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 2 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Jul 3 The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer makes it 3 straight Wimbledon titles beating American Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Jul 4 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1
  • Jul 6 IOC awards London the right to host the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 with a vote of 54 to 50 over Paris on the fourth and final ballot.
  • 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
  • Jul 10 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Peter Jacobsen wins his second Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Hale Irwin
  • Jul 12 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit
  • Jul 13 TV police procedural "The Closer" debuts on TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick
  • Jul 14 38th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jul 15 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 15 "Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres


Book releaseHistoric Publication

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
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 17 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: Tiger Woods wins his 10th major title wire-to-wire by 5 shots from Scotsman Colin Montgomerie

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sport awardSports Awards

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

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 17 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Glen Arbour GC: South Korean Meena Lee wins by 1 from Australian Katherine Hull
  • 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 bombers target London's public transportation system, exactly two weeks after the July 7 bombings. All four bombs fail to detonate leading to the capture of all the bombers.
  • 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 24 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 24 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Aberdeen: Tom Watson wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Ireland's Des Smyth

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 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
  • 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 dwarf planet Eris
  • Jul 31 US Senior Open Men's Golf, NCR CC: Allen Doyle wins by 1 stroke ahead of Loren Roberts and D. A. Weibring for his 3rd Champions Tour major title
  • Jul 31 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Jeong Jang of South Korea leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event and lone major title, 4 strokes ahead of Sophie Gustafson

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 9 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Diane Neal (28) weds Marcus Fitzgerald on a beach in the Dominican Republic
  • Jul 9 Former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Tiffani Thiessen (31) weds actor-artist Brady Smith (33) at a private estate in Montecito, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 15 Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Academy award winning actress Sandra Bullock (40) weds "Monster Garage" host Jesse James (36) at sunset on the grounds of The Folded Hills Ranch in Gaviota, California

  • Jul 17 Actor Ethan Embry (27) weds actress Sunny Mabrey (29)
  • Jul 21 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 30 Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (49) weds Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (48) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Luther Vandross, American singer, dies at 54
  • Jul 1 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), dies at 69
  • Jul 1 Gus Bodnar, Canadian NHL center (NHL record 3 assists in 21 seconds 1952), dies at 82
  • Jul 2 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), dies at 89
  • Jul 3 Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director (b. 1914)
  • Jul 3 Gaylord Nelson, American politician (b. 1916)
  • Jul 4 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • Jul 4 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), dies at 79
  • Jul 5 James Stockdale, U.S. Navy vice admiral (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Shirley Goodman, American singer (b. 1936)
  • Jul 6 Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • Jul 6 L. Patrick Gray III, American FBI director (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), dies at 78
  • Jul 6 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • Jul 6 Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 9 Yevgeni Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 74
  • Jul 9 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Jul 9 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 77
  • Jul 9 Rafiq Zakaria, Indian politician and Islamic religious cleric, dies at 86
  • Jul 10 Richard Eastham, American actor (Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Falcon Crest), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jul 10 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), dies at 65
  • Jul 10 Freda Wright-Sorce, American radio performer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 10 Freddy Soto, American comedian and actor (b. 1970)
  • Jul 10 Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin, airshow performers
  • Jul 11 Gretchen Franklin, English actress (b. 1911)
  • Jul 11 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), dies at 92
  • Jul 11 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine professional racing driver (b. 1922)
  • Jul 12 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, Chief executive of British Airways since its privitisation (b. 1917)
  • Jul 14 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 80

Person of interestCicely Saunders

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 14 Dorothy Bolden, American civil and women's rights activist, and founder of the National Domestic Worker's Union of America, dies at 81
  • Jul 16 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
  • Jul 16 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • Jul 17 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music, dies at 78
  • Jul 17 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 91

Person of interestEdward Heath

Jul 17 Edward Heath, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1970-74), dies of cancer at 89

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Jul 17 Gavin Lambert, British-American screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover), dies at 80
  • Jul 17 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)

Person of interestWilliam Westmoreland

Jul 18 William Westmoreland, US general during the Vietnam War, dies at 91

  • Jul 18 Bill Hicke, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time NHL All Star), dies of cancer at 67
  • 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 James Doohan, Canadian actor (Star Trek), dies from Pulmonary fibrosis at 85
  • Jul 20 Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jul 20 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  • Jul 21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • Jul 21 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), dies from a stroke at 76
  • Jul 22 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian electrician killed by Scotland Yard (b. 1978)
  • Jul 23 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • Jul 23 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrenece Welk Show), dies at 85
  • Jul 24 Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems), dies at 92
  • Jul 25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • Jul 25 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 76
  • Jul 26 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • Jul 26 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (b. 1908)
  • Jul 26 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 26 Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 27 Swami Shantanand, Mahasamadhi Day, Indian Saint, Philosopher (b. 1934)
  • Jul 27 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), dies at 93
  • Jul 27 Al Held, American painter and sculptor (hard edge-style), dies at 76
  • Jul 28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • Jul 30 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • Jul 30 John Garang, Vice President of Sudan (b. 1945)
  • Jul 30 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • Jul 30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)