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What Happened in July 2018

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Mexician General election: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 1 Colombia's Chiribiquete National Park declared a world heritage site by the UN
  • Jul 1 Suicide bombing targeting Sikh community kills at least 19 people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Jul 1 French gangster Redoine Faid escapes the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau, France by helicopter
  • Jul 1 Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the US's steel tariffs take effect, 25% on some steel, 10% on 250 other goods
  • Jul 1 Nationwide protests over Trump administration immigration policies in the US

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Jul 1 NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jul 1 PGA Women's Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins in a playoff with Nasa Hataoka & Ryu So-yeon
  • Jul 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Broadmoor GC: David Toms wins by 1 stroke from Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic
  • Jul 2 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years
  • Jul 2 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago
  • Jul 2 British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding
  • Jul 3 Australian cricket batsman Aaron Finch breaks his own T20 International record smashing 172 from 76 balls vs Zimbabwe in Harare, opening stand with D'Arcy Short (223) also a record

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Jul 3 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is arrested on corruption charges, accused of stealing 700 million from state development fund 1MDB

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Jul 3 Souad Abderrahim is elected the first female mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

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Jul 3 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Rapper Cardi B
Rapper
Cardi B

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Jul 3 US Justice and Education Departments rescind Obama affirmative action policies in college admissions

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jul 3 Worst monsoon rains in decades swamp Lahore, Pakistan, killing 6

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Jul 3 French President Emmanuel Macron visits the New Afrika Shrine nightclub in Lagos during his two-day tour of Nigeria

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • Jul 4 Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case
  • Jul 4 Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze
  • Jul 4 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong
  • Jul 5 US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt resigns amid allegations of misconduct
  • Jul 5 At least 24 killed in explosions at pyrotechnics workshops in Tultepec, Mexico
  • Jul 5 Heatwave in southern Quebec, Canada, kills 33
  • Jul 5 English rapper Stormzy announces partnership with Penguin Books, an imprint called #Merky Books
  • Jul 5 Saleswomen in Kerala, India, win right to sit down and take toilet breaks in new amendment to law
  • Jul 6 Floods and landslides begin in south-western Japan, killing at least 200 people with more missing. Evacuation orders for nearly 2 million.
  • Jul 6 Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário of Mozambique sacks the board of Lam Airlines after he is left stranded when a plane runs out of fuel
  • Jul 6 Paraguay has eliminated malaria in announcement by the World Health organization
  • Jul 6 Iranian instagram star Maedeh Hojabri confesses on state TV for posting videos of her dancing
  • Jul 8 Four boys are the first to be rescued after 16 days, from Tham Luang cave, Thailand, by Thai and international rescue team

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Jul 8 British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns in a stand against Theresa May's new softer Brexit policy

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Jul 8 Eritrea and Ethiopia announce re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries after almost 20 years in Asmara, Eritrea
  • Jul 8 South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks LPGA 72-hole scoring record with 31 under-par 257, also first to better -30, in winning Thornberry Creek Classic

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Jul 9 US President Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

  • Jul 9 Bright pink is the world's oldest biological colour according to scientists, produced by tiny cyanobacteria in 1.1bn-year-old marine shale rock from Taoudeni basin, Mauritania

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Jul 9 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns after Theresa May takes a softer Brexit stance

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Jul 9 Jeremy Hunt becomes UK Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson's resignation
  • Jul 9 Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed offically end the "no war, no peace" peace deal made in 2000 in Eritrea's capital, Asmara
  • Jul 9 Train derailment kills 24 in the Turkish province of Tekirdag
  • Jul 9 4 more boys are rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped there with 8 others and their coach for 17 days by monsoon flooding (4 boys and their coach remain)
  • Jul 9 US coffee company Starbucks announces it will stop using plastic straws by 2020, reducing use of more than 1 billion straws a year
  • Jul 9 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion
  • Jul 10 The final 4 boys and their coach are rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped there for 18 days by monsoon flooding

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Jul 10 Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

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Jul 10 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo joins Italian champions Juventus in a deal worth £99.2m, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jul 10 Original sketch of Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood by EH Shepard sells for £430,000 in London, record price for a book illustration
  • Jul 11 Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins
  • Jul 12 World's longest fingernails cut off; Shridhar Chillal's nails measured 909.6cm after growing for 66 years

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Jul 12 Sandra Oh is the first woman to be nominated for an Emmy award in a leading role for "Killing Eve"

Actress Sandra Oh
Actress
Sandra Oh
  • Jul 12 Republic of Ireland will be the first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after passing legislation in parliament
  • Jul 12 US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK for a four-day visit amid protests
  • Jul 12 Chemical plant explosion in Jiangan County, Sichuan Province, China, kills at least 19

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Jul 12 "Misson: Impossible - Fallout", directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, premieres in Paris

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
Actor and Comedian Simon Pegg
Actor and Comedian
Simon Pegg
Actor Henry Cavill
Actor
Henry Cavill
  • Jul 13 Chelsea FC sacks high profile manager Antonio Conte despite winning 2016-17 EPL and 2018 FA Cup, replaced by ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri
  • Jul 13 Kevin Anderson of South Africa beats American John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 in the longest (6 hours 36 mins) semi final in Wimbledon history
  • Jul 13 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay record $4.7 billion in damages in talc cancer case by jury in US state of Missouri
  • Jul 13 US Department of Justice charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with cyber-attacks against Democratic officials during 2016 US election
  • Jul 13 Outline of 5,000 year-old henge discovered at New Grange, Ireland through drought and drone footage
  • Jul 13 Suicide bombing in Baluchistan, Pakistan, targeting election campaign event kills 128, Islamic State claims responsibility

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Jul 13 Actress Scarlett Johansson withdraws from a transgender film role after criticism of her casting

  • Jul 13 Large protests in London against US President Donald Trump featuring Trump-like baby blimp as President Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 14 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber becomes the first German since Steffi Graf (1996) to win Wimbledon beating Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 14 Huge iceberg looming over Innaarsuit village, western Greenland prompts evacations in case it calves
  • Jul 14 Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns after violent protests against fuel price rises

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Jul 14 More than 300 people now reported killed in protests against government of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua

President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader Daniel Ortega
President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader
Daniel Ortega
  • Jul 14 Civilians killed in Afghan war reaches record high with 1,692 killed in first six months of 2018 says UN
  • Jul 14 US President Donald Trump calls the EU a "trade foe" in interview with CBS ahead of meeting with Russian President Putin
  • Jul 14 Russian covert agent Maria Butina arrested by the FBI in Washington, D.C.., charged with being unregistered foreign agent

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Jul 15 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

Jul 15 FIFA World Cup Final, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the 3rd man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia, 4-2

Football Player and Coach Didier Deschamps
Football Player and Coach
Didier Deschamps

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 15 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 4th Wimbledon title beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jul 15 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Exmoor CC: Fijian Vijay Singh wins in a playoff with Jeff Maggert on 2nd extra hole
  • Jul 15 8-year-old girl finds pre-Viking-era sword in Vidostern lake, Sweden, internet proclaims her Queen of Sweden
  • Jul 16 US President Donald Trump appears to accept the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence services about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, in an interview after the two leader's Helsinki Summit
  • Jul 16 12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter bringing planet's moon total to 79, by scientists at Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Jul 16 Historic cemetery (1878-1911) announced discovered near Houston, Texas, containing 95 remains though to be African Americans forced into labour
  • Jul 17 Bloomberg estimates NFL made $14 billion in revenue in 2017, distributing a record $8.1 billion to the league's 32 teams, $255m each
  • Jul 17 Australian basketball center Liz Cambage scores 53 points as the Dallas Wings beat the NY Liberty 104-87 to set new WNBA single game scoring record
  • Jul 17 89th MLB All Star Game, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.: AL beats NL 8-6, the teams combining for a record 10 home runs accounting for 13 of the 14 total runs
  • Jul 17 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of "strongman politics" in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 17 Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon

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Jul 18 Elon Musk apologises for calling British caver diver in Thai rescue "pedo guy" after widespread criticism and fall in Tesla stock price

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Jul 18 Google fined record $5.1 billion by the EU for abusing its power in mobile phone market
  • Jul 18 44 Forest fires in Sweden as far north as the Arctic Circle prompt Swedish government to request extra assistance, with drought and warm weather to blame
  • Jul 18 Turkey ends its two-year State of Emergency
  • Jul 18 New Earth geological age announced, the Meghalayan Age 4,200 years ago to the present, by the International Commission on Stratigraphy
  • Jul 18 Seventeen men charged with the gang-rape of a 12-year old girl in Chennai, India
  • Jul 18 Lava from Kilauea volcano eruption has now destroyed 700 homes and added 700 acres to Big Island confirms Hawaii National Guard
  • Jul 18 Nicaraguan government announces Masaya is back under its control after violent clashes with anti-government protesters

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Jul 18 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults

  • Jul 19 Israel's parliament passes controversial "nation state" law giving only Jews self-determination, relegating Arabic to "special status"
  • Jul 19 First commercial flight, the "bird of peace" between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years lands in Asmara, Eritrea, reuniting families
  • Jul 19 Largest intact sarcophagus of its kind ever found (2000 years old) opened in Alexandria, contains 3 skeletons, not a curse as feared

PlaneWhale of a Plane!

Jul 19 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France
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The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
  • Jul 19 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins is discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where it sunk in 1905
  • Jul 19 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m
  • Jul 19 A duck boat sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people
  • Jul 20 American director James Gunn fired as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" by Disney after past offensive tweets surface

Famous Weddings


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Jul 31 Actor David Hasselhoff (66) marries third wife Hayley Roberts (38) in Italy


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," dies at 92
  • Jul 2 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70
  • Jul 3 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), dies at 78
  • Jul 3 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies at 41
  • Jul 5 Saman Kunan, former Thai Navy SEAL, asphyxiates after delivering oxygen to 13 trapped people in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand at 38
  • Jul 8 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer (Young Love), dies of complications of deep vein thrombosis at 86
  • Jul 8 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), dies at 81
  • Jul 9 Lord Carrington [Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington], British conservative politician, former British Foreign Secretary (1979-82) and NATO Secretary General (1984-8), dies at 99
  • Jul 9 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91
  • Jul 10 Cliff Downey, Canadian politician (MP, 1968–1972), dies at 89
  • Jul 11 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 87
  • Jul 12 Tom Gallagher, American diplomat, gay activist, and 1st Foreign Service officer to publicly come out in 1976, dies at 77
  • Jul 12 Len Chappell, American NBA forward (All Star 1964), dies of stroke & pneumonia at 77
  • Jul 13 Nancy Barbato Sinatra, first wife and life-long friend of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101
  • Jul 16 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • Jul 21 Jonathan Gold, American food critic who was the first in his field to win a Pulitzer Prize, dies of pancreatic cancer at 57
  • Jul 22 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jul 22 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 24 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), dies at 83
  • Jul 25 Judith Appelbaum, American magazine & newspaper editor and educator, dies at 78
  • Jul 25 Guy [Gaetano] Molinari, American politician (R-House of Representatives from New York, 1981-1983), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Jul 26 Simegnew Bekele, Ethiopian dam engineer (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam), murdered at 53
  • Jul 27 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • Jul 28 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 28 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • Jul 29 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), dies of complication from lung cancer at 76
  • Jul 30 Ron Dellums, American politician (D-House representative from California, 1971-1998), dies of cancer at 82
  • Jul 31 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79