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 A settlement is reached allowing former NBA franchise the Seattle SuperSonics to move to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; new owner Clay Bennett agrees to pay City of Seattle $45 million to wriggle out of last 2 years of KeyArena lease
  • Jul 2 Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

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

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal of Spain ends Roger Federer's 5 year reign at Wimbledon 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7

Historic Event

Jul 8 American businessman T. Boone Pickens announces his "Pickens Plan", an energy policy that moves away from imported oil

  • Jul 10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes
  • Jul 12 Canadian harness racer John Campbell wins his 10,000th race as a driver by guiding 'Share the Delight' to victory in the 6th race at Meadowlands Racetrack

Historic Event

Jul 13 Brewing company InBev announces deal to buy American brewer Anheuser-Busch for almost $52 billion

Film Premiere

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 politician Anwar Ibrahim is arrested on sodomy charges in Malaysia

Music Concert

Jul 18 Billy Joel performs last of two concerts dubbed "The Last Play at Shea"; the final concert event before demolition of the 1964 baseball stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NYC; featured guests include Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney

ESPY Awards

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

  • Jul 20 British Open Men's 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
  • 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 Senior Open Men's 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