What Happened in July 2018

Historical Events

  • 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 Colombia's Chiribiquete National Park declared a world heritage site by the UN
  • Jul 1 French gangster Redoine Faid escapes the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau, France by helicopter
  • Jul 1 Mexician General election: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 1 Nationwide protests over Trump administration immigration policies in the US

Agreement of Interest

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

  • 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 Suicide bombing targeting Sikh community kills at least 19 people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • 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 2 270,000 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 2 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years
  • 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

Music History

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 3 Souad Abderrahim is elected the first female mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 3 Worst monsoon rains in decades swamp Lahore, Pakistan, killing 6
  • Jul 4 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong
  • 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 5 At least 24 killed in explosions at pyrotechnics workshops in Tultepec, Mexico
  • Jul 5 English rapper Stormzy announces partnership with Penguin Books, an imprint called #Merky Books
  • Jul 5 Heatwave in southern Quebec, Canada, kills 33
  • Jul 5 Saleswomen in Kerala, India, win right to sit down and take toilet breaks in new amendment to law
  • Jul 5 US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt resigns amid allegations of misconduct
  • 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 Iranian instagram star Maedeh Hojabri confesses on state TV for posting videos of her dancing
  • Jul 6 Paraguay has eliminated malaria in announcement by the World Health organization
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 8 Eritrea and Ethiopia announce re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries after almost 20 years in Asmara, Eritrea
  • Jul 8 Four boys are the first to be rescued after 16 days, from Tham Luang cave, Thailand, by Thai and international rescue team
  • 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
  • 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 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

Historic Event

Jul 9 Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially end the "no war, no peace" peace deal made in 2000 in Eritrea's capital, Asmara

  • Jul 9 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion

Historic Event

Jul 9 Jeremy Hunt becomes UK Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson's resignation

  • Jul 9 Train derailment kills 24 in the Turkish province of Tekirdag
  • Jul 9 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns after Theresa May takes a softer Brexit stance
  • 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

Music History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • Jul 11 Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins

Film Premiere

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

  • Jul 12 Chemical plant explosion in Jiangan County, Sichuan Province, China, kills at least 19
  • Jul 12 Republic of Ireland will be the first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after passing legislation in parliament

Film & TV History

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

  • Jul 12 US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK for a four-day visit amid protests
  • Jul 12 World's longest fingernails cut off; Shridhar Chillal's nails measured 909.6cm after growing for 66 years

Film & TV History

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

  • 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 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay record $4.7 billion in damages in talc cancer case by jury in US state of Missouri

Sports History

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 Large protests in London against US President Donald Trump featuring Trump-like baby blimp as President Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle
  • 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
  • Jul 13 US Department of Justice charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with cyber-attacks against Democratic officials during 2016 US election
  • Jul 14 Civilians killed in Afghan war reaches record high with 1,692 killed in first six months of 2018 says UN
  • Jul 14 Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns after violent protests against fuel price rises
  • Jul 14 Huge iceberg looming over Innaarsuit village, western Greenland prompts evacations in case it calves

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 14 Russian covert agent Maria Butina arrested by the FBI in Washington, D.C. and charged with being an unregistered foreign agent
  • Jul 14 US President Donald Trump calls the EU a "trade foe" in interview with CBS ahead of meeting with Russian President Putin

Wimbledon 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

  • Jul 15 8-year-old girl finds pre-Viking-era sword in Vidostern lake, Sweden, internet proclaims her Queen of Sweden

FIFA 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

Jul 15 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Exmoor CC: Fijian Vijay Singh wins in a playoff with Jeff Maggert on 2nd extra hole

Wimbledon 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

  • 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

Film Premiere

Jul 16 Musical film sequel "Mamma Mia! - Here We Go Again" premieres at Hammersmith-Apollo, London; worldwide box office receipts total over $400 million

  • 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 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 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 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of "strongman politics" in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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 Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon
  • 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

Music History

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

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 18 Google fined record $5.1 billion by the EU for abusing its power in mobile phone market
  • 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 New Earth geological age announced, the Meghalayan Age 4,200 years ago to the present, by the International Commission on Stratigraphy
  • Jul 18 Nicaraguan government announces Masaya is back under its control after violent clashes with anti-government protesters
  • Jul 18 Seventeen men charged with the gang-rape of a 12-year old girl in Chennai, India
  • Jul 18 Turkey ends its two-year State of Emergency
  • Jul 19 A duck boat sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people

Whale of a Plane!

Jul 19 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France

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

Famous Weddings

David Hasselhoff

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 2 Henry Butler, American jazz and blues pianist, educator, and photographer (Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 3 Bill Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Richard Swift [Ochoa], American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies of complications from hepatitis at 41
  • Jul 3 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), dies at 78
  • 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 7 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), dies at 98
  • Jul 8 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story),, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • 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 9 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91
  • 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 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 11 Pat Swindall, American politician convicted of perjury (Rep-R-GA, 1985-89), dies at 67
  • Jul 12 Len Chappell, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1964 NY Knicks; All-American 1962 Wake Forest Uni), dies of stroke & pneumonia at 77
  • Jul 12 Tom Gallagher, American diplomat, gay activist, and 1st Foreign Service officer to publicly come out in 1976, dies 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 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 22 Tony Sparano, American football coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11; Oakland Raiders 2014), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jul 24 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), dies at 83
  • Jul 24 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), dies at 77
  • Jul 25 Guy [Gaetano] Molinari, American politician (R-House of Representatives from New York, 1981-1983), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Jul 25 Judith Appelbaum, American magazine & newspaper editor and educator, dies at 78
  • 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 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • Jul 28 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), dies of cancer at 69
  • 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 [1]