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Historical Events in July 2011

  • Jul 1 NBA owners begin the second player lockout in 12 years, shortening the season by 16 games before a salary agreement was reached

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech left hander Petra Kvitová wins her first Grand Slam title beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jul 2 American twin brothers Bob & Mike Bryan earn their record equalling 11th Grand Slam doubles title with a straight sets win over Robert Lindstedt & Horia Tecău at Wimbledon

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 for his first Wimbledon title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jul 5 "Somebody That I Used to Know" single released by Gotye ft. Kimbra (Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year 2013)
  • Jul 7 Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapses, one killed and 14 injured.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 7 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2", the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
Actor Rupert Grint
Actor
Rupert Grint
Actor David Thewlis
Actor
David Thewlis
  • Jul 8 Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program
  • Jul 9 South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan.
  • Jul 9 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title
  • Jul 10 British tabloid News of the World publishes its last edition after 168 years in the wake of a phone hacking scandal.
  • Jul 11 Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846
  • Jul 11 US Open Women's Golf, The Boardmoor: Ryu So-yeon wins her first major in a playoff with fellow South Korean Hee Hung Seo
  • Jul 12 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix
  • Jul 13 Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130
  • Jul 13 19th ESPY Awards: Dirk Nowitzki, Lindsey Vonn win
  • Jul 16 NASA's Dawn space probe enters orbit around the protoplanet Vesta

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 17 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland claims his only major title; wins by 3 strokes from American pair Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

  • Jul 17 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany: Japan beats US, 3-1 on penalties; 2-2 after extra time

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 19 "Captain America: The First Avenger", directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 21 NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135
  • Jul 21 44th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 22 Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first a bomb blast targeting government buildings in central Oslo, second a massacre at a youth camp on island of Utøya
  • Jul 24 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia; first and only Australian to win the event
  • Jul 24 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Walton Heath: Russ Cochran wins by 2 shots from fellow American Mark Calcavecchia
  • Jul 24 Copa América Final, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires: Diego Forlán scores twice as Uruguay beats Paraguay, 3–0 to earn their 15th title
  • Jul 31 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Olin Browne wins by 3 strokes ahead of Mark O'Meara; 5th player in history to win on Nationwide Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour
  • Jul 31 British Open Women's Golf, Carnoustie GL: Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes first to successfully defend the Open as a major championship, 4 strokes ahead of Brittany Lang