Historical Events in July 2008

  • Jul 1 Denmark is the first European economy to confirm it is in recession since the global credit crunch began; its GDP shrinks 0.6% in the first quarter after a 0.2% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2007
  • Jul 2 Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
  • Jul 2 A settlement was reached allowing former NBA franchise the Seattle SuperSonics to move to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends her title beating younger sister Serena 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal ends Roger Federer's 5 year reign at Wimbledon 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7
  • Jul 10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 14 "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York

  • Jul 16 79th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 16 Malaysian policitian Anwar Ibrahim is arrested on sodomy charges in Malaysia
  • Jul 20 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Irishman Pádraig Harrington successfully defends his Open title; shoots 4-under par over the final 9 to be 4 strokes clear of runner-up Ian Poulter

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 20 16th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Candace Parker win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 21 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić is arrested in Serbia and is indicted by the UN's ICTY tribunal
  • Jul 23 Cape Verde joins the World Trade Organization, becoming its 153rd member.
  • Jul 24 41st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 27 95th Tour de France won by Carlos Sastre of Spain
  • Jul 27 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal Troon: Bruce Vaughan birdies first extra playoff hole to beat fellow American John Cook by a stroke
  • Jul 28 Historic Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier burns down for a second time in 80 years
  • Jul 30 "Slumdog Millionaire" based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)