On This Day

What Happened in July 2010

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 Oil tanker truck explosion in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, kills at least 230 people
  • Jul 2 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her crown overpowering Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his second Wimbledon title

Album Release

Jul 6 Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, "The Wild Trapeze"

Film Premiere

Jul 8 "Inception", directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, premieres in London

  • Jul 8 During 1st round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos becomes the 4th, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; round included 12 birdies and 6 pars
  • Jul 11 FIFA World Cup Final, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands, 1-0 for first World Cup title
  • Jul 11 US Open Women's Golf, Oakmont CC: Paula Creamer wins her first major championship, 4 shots ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen
  • Jul 13 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim

ESPY Awards

Jul 14 18th ESPY Awards: Drew Brees, Lindsey Vonn win

  • Jul 18 "150th Anniversary" British Open Golf, St Andrews: South African Louis Oosthuizen wins his only major title, 7 strokes clear of runner-up Lee Westwood of England
  • Jul 22 43rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Music History

Jul 23 One Direction is formed during the X Factor show as Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson join together

  • Jul 25 97th Tour de France won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg

Golf Tournament

Jul 25 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins by 1 stroke from American Corey Pavin

  • Jul 25 British TV series "Sherlock" debuts starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 2 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • Jul 3 "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer (36) weds screenwriter Lee Kirk (38) in Malibu
  • Jul 4 "Survivor: Thailand" star Tanya Vance weds Joseph Luczaj in Maui, Hawaii

Carrie Underwood

Jul 10 Actress and fourth season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (29) weds Nashville Predators ice hockey player Mike Fisher (32) at Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia

  • Jul 10 Actress Emily Blunt (29) weds actor John Krasinski (32) at the luxurious Villa D'este hotel in Como, Italy
  • Jul 10 NBA star Carmelo Anthony (25) weds actress Lala Vasquez (30) at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City

Martin Lawrence

Jul 10 "Big Momma's House" actor Martin Lawrence (45) weds longtime girlfriend Shamicka Gibbs (35) on an intimate wedding in Beverly Hills

  • Jul 11 Former "Las Vegas" actress Vanessa Marcil (42) weds "CSI: NY" actor Corey Feldman (39) in New York City
  • Jul 16 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida
  • Jul 17 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • Jul 17 Boston Celtics star player Paul Pierce (32) weds interior-designer Julie Landrum (27) at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, California

Orlando Bloom

Jul 21 Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (27) weds British actor Orlando Bloom (33) in a secret ceremony

  • Jul 24 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" actress and a well-known model Cynthia Bailey weds entrepreneur Peter Thomas at Fernback Museum of Natural History in Atlanta

Alicia Keys

Jul 31 American R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award-winning American rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

  • Jul 31 Daughter of former US President Bill Clinton Chelsea Clinton (30) weds investment banker Marc Mezvinsky (32) at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Jul 22 "The Princess Bride" actress Robin Wright (44) divorces actor-director Sean Penn (49) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 (Jacqueline) "Ilene" Woods, American radio singer and actress (Disney's Cinderella), dies from complications of Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Jul 1 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)
  • Jul 2 Laurent Terzieff, French actor (Head Over Heels, Milky Way), dies at 75
  • Jul 4 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Iraqi-born Lebanese Shiite Muslim cleric and Hezbollah mentor (b. 1935)
  • Jul 5 Bob Probert, Canadian professional ice hockey forward. (b. 1965)
  • Jul 5 David Fanshawe, British composer and ethno-musicologist (African Sanctus,; Pacific Odessey), dies of a stroke at 68
  • Jul 6 Harvey Fuqua, American R&B singer-songwriter (The Moonglows - "Sincerely"), producer (Marvin Gaye), and record label executive (Motown), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Jul 9 Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (Tirra Lirra By The River; The Impersonators), dies following a stroke at 93
  • Jul 9 Vonetta McGee, American actress, dies from cardiac arrest at 65
  • Jul 10 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), dies at 54
  • Jul 11 Bishop Walter Hawkins, American gospel music singer (Edwin Hawkins Singers; Love Center Choir), dies of pancreatic cancer at 61
  • Jul 11 Bob Sheppard, American public address announcer (MLB: NY Yankees 1951–2007; NFL: NY Giants 1956–2006), dies at 99
  • Jul 12 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), dies at 70
  • Jul 12 Paulo Moura, Brazilian jazz and swing clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 77
  • Jul 12 Buff Cobb [Patrizia Cobb Chapman], American actress and TV personality (Masquerade Party), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 James P. Hogan, British sci-fi author (Giants' Star), dies at 69
  • Jul 13 Manohari Singh, Indian saxophonist and part of R.D. Burman's band (b. 1931)

George Steinbrenner

Jul 13 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 80

  • Jul 14 Mădălina Manole, Romanian pop recording artist (b. 1967)
  • Jul 14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 14 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, dies of cancer at 84
  • Jul 15 James E. Akins, American diplomat and advisor to Richard Nixon (b. 1926)
  • Jul 16 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), dies at 70
  • Jul 17 Fred F. Carter Jr., American country session guitarist, singer, producer and composer (Nashville's "A-Team"), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Jul 18 Bernard Giraudeau, French actor (L'Annee des Meduses), screenwriter, and director, dies of cancer at 63
  • Jul 19 Lorenzen Wright, American basketball player (LA Clippers), murdered by his wife at 32
  • Jul 19 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star, 1971-73), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 19 David Warren, Australian scientist and inventor (Flight Data Recorder; Cockpit Voice Recorder - "the black box"), dies at 85
  • Jul 20 Mirjana Lewis (née Vrbanic), Croat-American classical pianist and harpsichord player, dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), dies at 90
  • Jul 21 Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)
  • Jul 22 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), dies at 73
  • Jul 23 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), dies at 93
  • Jul 23 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist and conductor (WB Collective), dies at 65
  • Jul 24 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • Jul 25 Redford White, Filipino comedian (b. 1955)
  • Jul 26 Sivakant Tiwari, senior legal officer of the Singapore Legal Service (b. 1945)
  • Jul 26 Ben Keith [Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young; Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • Jul 27 Maury Chaykin, American-born Canadian actor (b. 1949)
  • Jul 27 Jack Tatum, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jul 28 Ivy Bean, English internet celebrity (b. 1905)
  • Jul 29 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, dies at 83
  • Jul 30 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, dies at 83
  • Jul 30 Otto Joachim, German-Canadian composer, dies at 99
  • Jul 31 Mitch Miller, American oboist and recording producer (Sing Along with Mitch), dies at 99