On This Day

What Happened in July 2018 (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • Jul 20 American director James Gunn fired as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" by Disney after past offensive tweets surface
  • Jul 20 Australian businessman James Packer announces he has quit 22 directorships due to mental health issues
  • Jul 21 India scraps tax on sanitary products after campaign by activists
  • Jul 21 Re-boot of TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" announced with creator Joss Whedon as executive producer
  • Jul 22 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Francesco Molinari holds off a pack of players including favourites Rory McIlroy & Justin Rose to win by 2; first Italian to win a major title
  • Jul 22 Heatwave in Japan kills 11 in one day
  • Jul 22 TV show "Supergirl" announces casting of first live-action transgender superhero, by transgender actor Nicole Maines as Nia Nal
  • Jul 22 Israeli military and allies evacuate over 400 White Helmet Syrian rescue workers from its border with Syria to Jordan

Historic Event

Jul 22 US President Donald Trump threatens Iran in an all-caps tweet of "consequences" in response to speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

  • Jul 22 Lone gunman shooting kills 3 including gunman and injures 13 in Toronto, Canada
  • Jul 22 Seattle basketball guard Sue Bird plays record 500th WNBA game as Storm go down 87-74 to the Atlanta Dream; finishes career on 508 games for Seattle
  • Jul 23 Japan records its highest ever temperature at 41.1 degrees (105.98F) in Kumagaya
  • Jul 23 Environmental reports finds China on track to reach new emission targets, but carbon dioxide emissions risen - 9.2 billion metric tons in 2017, more than US and Europe combined
  • Jul 23 250,000 doses of vaccines for children produced by a firm in China faulty according to reports in China
  • Jul 23 Slum homes for 30,000 people demolished to make way for a dual carriage way in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Jul 23 Dam collapses while under construction in Attapeu province, Laos, killing at least 20 with more than 100 missing
  • Jul 23 First graphic novel to be nominated for a major literary prize is "Sabrina" by Nick Drnaso for Booker long list
  • Jul 23 International Monetary Fund predicts inflation of 1 million percent in Venezuela by end of 2018
  • Jul 24 Wildfires near Athens, Greece, kill 91 with 104 injured, over 600 rescued from the coast by boats
  • Jul 24 First bison born in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in 140 years, after being reintroduced

Music History

Jul 24 Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles

  • Jul 25 Liquid lake found on Mars under its South Pole by European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter reported in "Science"

Film & TV History

Jul 25 Georgian representative James Spencer resigns after being fooled into saying racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who is America" TV series

  • Jul 25 Multiple suicide bombings and attacks by the Islamic State in Sweida and surrounding areas of Syria kill more than 200
  • Jul 25 Somalia’s attorney general announces country's first prosecution of female genital mutilation after death of a 10-year-old girl

Election of Interest

Jul 25 Party of former cricketer Imran Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), wins the most votes but not a majority in Pakistan's Pakistan general election, which are marred by violence and a bomb that kills 31 people

  • Jul 26 Facebook has the single worst day of any public company on the stock market - losing 19% or $119 billion market value
  • Jul 26 Authorities in Stung Treng province, Cambodia, evacuate 25,000 below collapsed Laos dam as waters rise
  • Jul 26 Over 700 immigrant children still separated from their parents in the US as court-imposed deadline to reunite them passes

Music Concert

Jul 26 Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began

Historic Publication

Jul 26 Observation of a black hole by The Very Large Telescope in Chile proves Albert Einstein's prediction of "gravitational redshift", published in "Journal Astronomy & Astrophysics"

  • Jul 27 CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves is accused of sexual misconduct in the "New Yorker" by journalist Ronan Farrow

Music Concert

Jul 27 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond gives a small thank-you concert to firefighters near his home in Colorado

  • Jul 28 Carr Fire reaches Redding, California, with death toll at 5 having burnt 80,000 acres
  • Jul 28 Longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Jul 29 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes island of Lombok, Indonesia, killing at least 14
  • Jul 29 Palestinian teenage activist Ahed Tamimi released from prison after eight months
  • Jul 29 Ethiopian state funeral for murdered dam engineer Simegnew Bekele in Addis Ababa prompts unrest
  • Jul 29 Tour de France: Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman and only 3rd Briton to win the Tour; beats Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1' 51"; Peter Sagan wins green points jersey

Golf Tournament

Jul 29 British Senior Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 1 shot from defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany

  • Jul 29 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Jul 29 Hun Sen's Cambodian People’s Party Hun Sen claims to have won all 125 seats in country's general election with widespread criticism of a sham vote
  • Jul 29 Demonstrations calling for safer road by students begin in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Flight MH370 Disappears

Jul 30 Official Malaysian investigation into the disappearance of Flight MH370 is unable to determine what happened

  • Jul 30 British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt mistakenly calls his Chinese-born wife "Japanese" in meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing
  • Jul 30 Four million people excluded from Assam National Register of Citizens in India prompts fears of deportation, loss of citizenship
  • Jul 30 Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after being convicted of concealing sexual abuse

Film & TV History

Jul 31 Actor Alan Alda reveals he has had Parkinson's disease for 3 years, in interview with CBS"s "This Morning"

Music History

Jul 31 Rihanna becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue's September issue

  • Jul 31 Facebook discloses and removes Russian-linked network of sites attempting to interfere in American politics
  • Jul 31 Aeroméxico flight 2431 crash lands in Durango, Mexico, all 103 on board survive

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