On This Day

Historical Events in July 2009

Film Release

Jul 1 Animated film "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" directed by Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeieris with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo is released

  • Jul 3 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.

Statue of Liberty

Jul 4 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles title

  • Jul 5 Ethnic rioting breaks out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick of the US 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 for a record 15th Grand Slam singles title

  • Jul 6 Jadranka Kosor became first female prime minister of Croatia

Sports History

Jul 9 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

  • Jul 12 US Open Women's Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of American runner-up Candie Kung

Music History

Jul 13 "She Wolf", the lead single from Shakira's eighth album, premieres

  • Jul 14 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis
  • Jul 14 Singapore experiences a seasonally adjusted and annualised growth of 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of increased pharmaceuticals production and construction, bringing the country out of the recession
  • Jul 15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami

Film Release

Jul 15 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

  • Jul 17 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners
  • Jul 18 Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.

British Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson

  • Jul 19 The Wesley Impact: black spot the size of Earth discovered on Jupiter after unknown object crashed onto the planet

ESPY Awards

Jul 19 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin wins

  • Jul 23 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0
  • Jul 23 The Bank of Canada announces the end of the recession even though it remains nascent and still dependent on government stimulus money
  • Jul 23 42nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 24 FINA Congress votes to ban all body-length swimsuits; men's suits to maximally cover from the waist to knee, and women's from shoulder to knee; fabric must be a "textile" or woven material; effective 1 January 2010
  • Jul 26 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Jul 26 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: American Loren Roberts wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk
  • Jul 29 Temperature reaches 103°F in Seattle, Washington, the hottest day on record [1]
  • Jul 30 A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.