On This Day

What Happened in July 2009

Historical Events

Film Release

Jul 1 Animated film "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" directed by Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeieris with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo is released

  • Jul 3 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.

Statue of Liberty

Jul 4 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles title

  • Jul 5 Ethnic rioting breaks out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick of the US 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 for a record 15th Grand Slam singles title

  • Jul 6 Jadranka Kosor became first female prime minister of Croatia

Sports History

Jul 9 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

  • Jul 12 US Open Women's Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of American runner-up Candie Kung

Music History

Jul 13 "She Wolf", the lead single from Shakira's eighth album, premieres

  • Jul 14 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis
  • Jul 14 Singapore experiences a seasonally adjusted and annualised growth of 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of increased pharmaceuticals production and construction, bringing the country out of the recession
  • Jul 15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami

Film Release

Jul 15 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

  • Jul 17 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners
  • Jul 18 Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.

British Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson

  • Jul 19 The Wesley Impact: black spot the size of Earth discovered on Jupiter after unknown object crashed onto the planet

ESPY Awards

Jul 19 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin wins

  • Jul 23 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0
  • Jul 23 The Bank of Canada announces the end of the recession even though it remains nascent and still dependent on government stimulus money
  • Jul 23 42nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 24 FINA Congress votes to ban all body-length swimsuits; men's suits to maximally cover from the waist to knee, and women's from shoulder to knee; fabric must be a "textile" or woven material; effective 1 January 2010
  • Jul 26 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Jul 26 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: American Loren Roberts wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk
  • Jul 29 Temperature reaches 103°F in Seattle, Washington, the hottest day on record [1]
  • Jul 30 A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.

Famous Weddings

Chris Pratt

Jul 9 Actress Anna Faris (32) weds actor Chris Pratt (30) in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia

  • Jul 11 "Step Up" actor Channing Tatum (32) weds actress Jenna Dewan (31) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California
  • Jul 11 "Rushmore" actor Jason Schwartzman (30) weds fashion designer Brady Cunningham in San Fernando Valley

John Cena

Jul 11 WWE star John Cena (32) weds Elizabeth Huberdeau in Boston, Massachusetts

Robert Redford

Jul 11 Actor and film director Robert Redford (71) weds artist Sibylle Szaggars (51) at the luxurious Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany

  • Jul 25 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Marc Blucas (37) weds journalist Ryan Haddon (38) in Erie, Pennsylvania

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 6 Actress Rachael Bella (25) divorces "Terminator 2" actor Eddie Furlong (31) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of natural causes at 97
  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • Jul 1 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), dies of self inflicted gun wound at 57
  • Jul 1 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • Jul 1 Mollie Sugden, English actress (Are You Being Served?), dies at 86
  • Jul 3 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 4 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • Jul 4 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Jul 4 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • Jul 4 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, dies at 74
  • Jul 4 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 4 Jim Chapin, American jazz drummer, and author, dies at 89
  • Jul 4 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jul 5 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • Jul 5 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), dies at 89
  • Jul 6 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • Jul 11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • Jul 12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Jul 12 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, dies at 70
  • Jul 14 Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Polish actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 14 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), dies at 83

Walter Cronkite

Jul 17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jul 17 Gordon Waller, Scottish pop singer (Peter & Gordon - "A World Without Love"), dies at 64
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil), dies at 81
  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American Pulitzer Prize winning author (Angela's Ashes), and teacher, dies of cancer at 78
  • Jul 19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • Jul 20 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan, American jurist (Indiana Supreme Court, 1969-94), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 Peter Krieg [Wilhelm Gladitz], German documentary filmmaker, and writer (September Wheat), dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na, 1975-80), dies at 63
  • Jul 24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • Jul 24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • Jul 25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • Jul 25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • Jul 25 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • Jul 25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • Jul 25 Stanley Middleton, British novelist (Holiday, Three Wise Men), dies at 89
  • Jul 26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 26 Merce Cunningham, American choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus), dies at 90
  • Jul 27 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jul 28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • Jul 28 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 29 Gayatri Devi, 3rd Maharani consort of Jaipur, India (1940-49), dies of lung failure and gastric problems at 90
  • Jul 30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • Jul 31 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)