On This Day

What Happened in July 2007

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Smoking is banned from English public places and all the UK after earlier bans in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Jul 1 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
  • Jul 1 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles: American Christie Kerr wins by 2 strokes from Lorena Ochoa & Angela Park
  • Jul 3 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain
  • Jul 3 "Just Got Started Lovin' You" single released by James Otto (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Jul 7 Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lowest ever seeds contest final, Venus Williams (20) beats Marion Bartoli (18) 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 7 Sprint-Nextel and NASCAR announce NASCAR Nextel Cup Series renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins the singles title for 5th consecutive year; beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jul 8 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Whistling Straits: Brad Bryant wins by 3 strokes from Ben Crenshaw
  • Jul 10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 11 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released

Actor Rupert Grint
Rupert Grint
Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • Jul 14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
  • Jul 15 Copa América Final, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Defending champions Brazil win their 8th title with a 3-0 win over Argentina

  • Jul 16 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • Jul 17 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with estimated 199 deaths.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 TV drama "Mad Men" debuts starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser on cable network AMC

Actor Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
Actress Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 21 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 21 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks
  • Jul 22 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Irishman Pádraig Harrington beats Sergio García of Spain by 1 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff to claim his first major championship; first Irishman to win the Open in 60 years
  • Jul 24 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya
  • Jul 25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's 1st female President
  • Jul 26 40th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 27 Two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
  • Jul 29 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 29 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Senior title by 1 shot from Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Jul 31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end
  • Jul 31 Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA's biggest ever trade for one player

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 6 NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker (25) weds Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria (32) at a civil ceremony in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria
  • Jul 7 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France
  • Jul 7 Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (57) weds handbag designer Gelila Assefa (38) in a three-day celebration on the Italian island of Capri
  • Jul 12 World's tallest man who measures 7'9" Bao Xishun (56) weds Xia Shujian (28) in a traditional Mongolian ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan in Beijing, China
  • Jul 14 Actor Jerry O'Connell (33) weds Xmen's "Mystique" Rebecca Romijn (34) at Calabasas, California
  • Jul 14 Former "Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin (25) weds set designer Cody Herpin (30) at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • Jul 22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Comedian and actor Steve Martin (61) weds Anne Stringfield (35) at his Los Angeles home

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 2 Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

  • Jul 5 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage
  • Jul 9 Former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (28) divorces "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 1 year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 13 Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 30 Pop star Britney Spears (25) divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (29) due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • Jul 2 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (b. 1915)
  • Jul 3 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • Jul 4 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, dies of complications after a car accident at 28
  • Jul 4 Bill Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jul 5 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • Jul 5 Kerwin Mathews, American actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 5 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • Jul 7 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), dies at 80
  • Jul 8 Chandra Shekhar, Indian politician, 8th Prime Minister of India (1990-91), dies at 80
  • Jul 8 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), dies at 82
  • Jul 9 Charles Lane, American actor (b. 1905)
  • Jul 10 Abdul Rashid Ghazi, radical Pakistani cleric (b. 1951)
  • Jul 10 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (Kudzu), dies at 57
  • Jul 10 Zheng Xiaoyu, director of the State Food and Drug Administration of the People's Republic of China (b. 1944)
  • Jul 11 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • Jul 11 Alfonso López Michelsen, 24th President of Colombia (1974-78), dies at 94
  • Jul 11 Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
  • Jul 11 Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman (Honest Ed's) and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • Jul 11 Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), commits suicide at 66
  • Jul 12 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • Jul 12 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • Jul 12 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • Jul 13 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 14 John Ferguson Sr, former professional hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jul 15 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • Jul 16 Tom Brooks OAM, Australian cricket umpire (23 Tests 1970-78), dies at 88
  • Jul 17 Júlio Redecker, Brazilian Politician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 17 Betsy Haworth, Church of England deaconess and minister, dies at 82
  • Jul 18 Charles Jauncey, Baron Jauncey of Tullichettle, Scottish judge and advocate, dies after a stroke at 82
  • Jul 18 George Caiazzo, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • Jul 18 Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 19 Roberto Fontanarrosa, Argentine cartoonist (b. 1944)
  • Jul 19 A. K. Faezul Huq, Lawyer, politician, and freelance journalist (b. 1945)
  • Jul 20 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), dies at 65
  • Jul 20 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Jul 20 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 80
  • Jul 22 Ulrich Mühe, German actor (b. 1953)
  • Jul 22 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • Jul 22 Laszlo Kovacs, Hungarian-born cinematographer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 23 Tor Kamata, American/Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1937)
  • Jul 23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 23 Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (b. 1914)
  • Jul 23 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, dies at 93
  • Jul 23 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (human consciousness), dies at 91
  • Jul 24 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, dies at 93
  • Jul 24 Chaney Kley, American Actor (b. 1972)
  • Jul 25 Bernd Jakubowski, German goalkeeper (b. 1952)
  • Jul 25 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman competitor, dies at 27
  • Jul 26 Lars Forssell, Swedish writer, member of the Swedish Academy (b. 1928)
  • Jul 26 John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)
  • Jul 26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (only coach to take 3 schools to NCAA Tournament in first year; Loyola [MD], Xavier, Wake Forest), dies from heart attack at 56
  • Jul 27 Lucky Grills, Australian actor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 27 Roland Gaucher, French journalist, dies at 88
  • Jul 28 Jim LeRoy, Airshow pilot (b. 1961)
  • Jul 28 Karl Gotch, Belgian professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Jul 29 Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940)
  • Jul 29 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), dies at 79
  • Jul 29 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), dies of complications from leukemia at 71
  • Jul 29 Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921)
  • Jul 29 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Jul 29 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79
  • Jul 30 William Balchin, English geographer, dies at 91
  • Jul 30 Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (b. 1912)
  • Jul 30 Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (b. 1915)

Person of interestIngmar Bergman

Jul 30 Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (Cries & Whispers), dies at 89

Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman

Person of interestBill Walsh

Jul 30 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh