Historical Events in July 2018

  • Jul 1 Mexician General election: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 1 Colombia's Chiribiquete National Park declared a world heritage site by the UN
  • Jul 1 Suicide bombing targeting Sikh community kills at least 19 people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Jul 1 French gangster Redoine Faid escapes the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau, France by helicopter
  • Jul 1 Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the US's steel tariffs take effect, 25% on some steel, 10% on 250 other goods
  • Jul 1 Nationwide protests over Trump administration immigration policies in the US

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Jul 1 NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jul 1 PGA Women's Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins in a playoff with Nasa Hataoka & Ryu So-yeon
  • Jul 1 US Open Seniors Golf, Broadmoor GC: David Toms wins by 1 stroke from Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jerry Kelly & Tim Petrovic
  • Jul 2 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years
  • Jul 2 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago
  • Jul 2 British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding
  • Jul 3 Australian cricket batsman Aaron Finch breaks his own T20 International record smashing 172 from 76 balls vs Zimbabwe in Harare, opening stand with D'Arcy Short (223) also a record
  • Jul 3 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is arrested on corruption charges, accused of stealing 700 million from state development fund 1MDB
  • Jul 3 Souad Abderrahim is elected the first female mayor of Tunis, Tunisia
  • Jul 3 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

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Jul 3 US Justice and Education Departments rescind Obama affirmative action policies in college admissions

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jul 3 Worst monsoon rains in decades swamp Lahore, Pakistan, killing 6

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Jul 3 French President Emmanuel Macron visits the New Afrika Shrine nightclub in Lagos during his two-day tour of Nigeria

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • Jul 4 Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case
  • Jul 4 Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze
  • Jul 4 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong
  • Jul 5 US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt resigns amid allegations of misconduct
  • Jul 5 At least 24 killed in explosions at pyrotechnics workshops in Tultepec, Mexico
  • Jul 5 Heatwave in southern Quebec, Canada, kills 33
  • Jul 5 English rapper Stormzy announces partnership with Penguin Books, an imprint called #Merky Books
  • Jul 5 Saleswomen in Kerala, India, win right to sit down and take toilet breaks in new amendment to law
  • Jul 6 Floods and landslides begin in south-western Japan, killing at least 200 people with more missing. Evacuation orders for nearly 2 million.
  • Jul 6 Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário of Mozambique sacks the board of Lam Airlines after he is left stranded when a plane runs out of fuel
  • Jul 6 Paraguay has eliminated malaria in announcement by the World Health organization
  • Jul 6 Iranian instagram star Maedeh Hojabri confesses on state TV for posting videos of her dancing
  • Jul 8 Four boys are the first to be rescued after 16 days, from Tham Luang cave, Thailand, by Thai and international rescue team
  • Jul 8 British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns in a stand against Teresa May's new softer Brexit policy
  • Jul 8 Eritrea and Ethiopia announce re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries after almost 20 years in Asmara, Eritrea
  • Jul 8 South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks LPGA 72-hole scoring record with 31 under-par 257, also first to better -30, in winning Thornberry Creek Classic

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Jul 9 US President Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jul 9 Bright pink is the world's oldest biological colour according to scientists, produced by tiny cyanobacteria in 1.1bn-year-old marine shale rock from Taoudeni basin, Mauritania

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Jul 9 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns after Teresa May takes a softer Brexit stance

British Politician Boris Johnson
British Politician
Boris Johnson
  • Jul 9 Jeremy Hunt becomes UK Foreign Secretary after Boris John's resignation
  • Jul 9 Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed offically end the "no war, no peace" peace deal made in 2000 in Eritrea's capital, Asmara
  • Jul 9 Train derailment kills 24 in the Turkish province of Tekirdag
  • Jul 9 4 more boys are rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped there with 8 others and their coach for 17 days by monsoon flooding (4 boys and their coach remain)
  • Jul 9 US coffee company Starbucks announces it will stop using plastic straws by 2020, reducing use of more than 1 billion straws a year
  • Jul 9 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion
  • Jul 10 The final 4 boys and their coach are rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped there for 18 days by monsoon flooding

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Jul 10 Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

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Jul 10 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo joins Italian champions Juventus in a deal worth £99.2m, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jul 10 Original sketch of Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood by EH Shepard sells for £430,000 in London, record price for a book illustration
  • Jul 11 Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins
  • Jul 12 World's longest fingernails cut off; Shridhar Chillal's nails measured 909.6cm after growing for 66 years
  • Jul 12 Sandra Oh is the first woman to be nominated for an Emmy award in a leading role for "Killing Eve"

  • Jul 12 Republic of Ireland will be the first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after passing legislation in parliament
  • Jul 12 US President Trump arrives in the UK for a four-day visit amid protests
  • Jul 12 Chemical plant explosion in Jiangan County, Sichuan Province, China, kills at least 19

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Jul 12 "Misson: Impossible - Fallout", directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, premieres in Paris

Actor and Comedian Simon Pegg
Actor and Comedian
Simon Pegg
  • Jul 13 Chelsea FC sacks high profile manager Antonio Conte despite winning 2016-17 EPL and 2018 FA Cup, replaced by ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri
  • Jul 13 Kevin Anderson of South Africa beats American John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 in the longest (6 hours 36 mins) semi final in Wimbledon history
  • Jul 13 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay record $4.7 billion in damages in talc cancer case by jury in US state of Missouri
  • Jul 13 US Department of Justice charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with cyber-attacks against Democratic officials during 2016 US election
  • Jul 13 Outline of 5,000 year-old henge discovered at New Grange, Ireland through drought and drone footage
  • Jul 13 Suicide bombing in Baluchistan, Pakistan, targeting election campaign event kills 128, Islamic State claims responsibility

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Jul 13 Actress Scarlett Johansson withdraws from a transgender film role after criticism of her casting

  • Jul 13 Large protests in London against US President Trump featuring Trump-like baby blimp as President Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

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Jul 14 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber becomes the first German since Steffi Graf (1996) to win Wimbledon beating Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 14 Huge iceberg looming over Innaarsuit village, western Greenland prompts evacations in case it calves
  • Jul 14 Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns after violent protests against fuel price rises
  • Jul 14 More than 300 people now reported killed in protests against government of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua
  • Jul 14 Civilians killed in Afghan war reaches record high with 1,692 killed in first six months of 2018 says UN
  • Jul 14 US President Trump calls the EU a "trade foe" in interview with CBS ahead of meeting with Russian President Putin
  • Jul 14 Russian covert agent Maria Butina arrested by the FBI in Washington DC., charged with being unregistered foreign agent

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Jul 15 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory

  • Jul 15 FIFA World Cup Final: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the third man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia 4-2 in Moscow
  • Jul 15 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 4th Wimbledon title beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6
  • Jul 16 US President Trump appears to accept word of Russian President Putin over US intelligence services in meddling in US 2016 election, in interview at summit in Helsinki
  • Jul 16 12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter bringing planet's moon total to 79, by scientists at Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Jul 16 Historic cemetery (1878-1911) announced discovered near Houston, Texas, containing 95 remains though to be African Americans forced into labour
  • Jul 17 Bloomberg estimates NFL made $14 billion in revenue in 2017, distributing a record $8.1 billion to the league's 32 teams, $255m each
  • Jul 17 Australian basketball center Liz Cambage scores 53 points as the Dallas Wings beat the NY Liberty 104-87 to set new WNBA single game scoring record
  • Jul 17 89th MLB All Star Game, Nationals Park, Washington, DC: AL beats NL 8-6, the teams combining for a record 10 home runs accounting for 13 of the 14 total runs
  • Jul 17 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of "strongman politics" in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 17 Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon

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Jul 18 Elon Musk apologises for calling British caver diver in Thai rescue "pedo guy" after widespread criticism and fall in Tesla stock price

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Jul 18 Google fined record $5.1 billion by the EU for abusing its power in mobile phone market
  • Jul 18 44 Forest fires in Sweden as far north as the Arctic Circle prompt Swedish government to request extra assistance, with drought and warm weather to blame
  • Jul 18 Turkey ends its two-year State of Emergency
  • Jul 18 New Earth geological age announced, the Meghalayan Age 4,200 years ago to the present, by the International Commission on Stratigraphy
  • Jul 18 Seventeen men charged with the gang-rape of a 12-year old girl in Chennai, India
  • Jul 18 Lava from Kilauea volcano eruption has now destroyed 700 homes and added 700 acres to Big Island confirms Hawaii National Guard
  • Jul 18 Nicaraguan government announces Masaya is back under its control after violent clashes with anti-government protesters
  • Jul 18 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults
  • Jul 19 Israel's parliament passes controversial "nation state" law giving only Jews self-determination, relegating Arabic to "special status"
  • Jul 19 First commercial flight, the "bird of peace" between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years lands in Asmara, Eritrea, reuniting families
  • Jul 19 Largest intact sarcophagus of its kind ever found (2000 years old) opened in Alexandria, contains 3 skeletons, not a curse as feared

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Jul 19 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France
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  • Jul 19 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins, discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where sunk 1905
  • Jul 19 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m
  • Jul 19 Duck boot sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people
  • 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 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
  • Jul 22 US President Trump threatens Iraq in all-caps text of "consequences" in response to speech by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran
  • Jul 22 Lone gunman shooting kills 3 including gunman and injures 13 in Toronto, Canada
  • 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
  • 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"
  • Jul 25 Georgian representative James Spencer resigns after being fooled into saying racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who is America" programe
  • 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
  • Jul 25 Pakistan general election: former cricketer Imran Khan wins most votes but not majority after vote marred by violence and 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
  • Jul 26 Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began
  • 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 acussed of sexual misconduct in the "New Yorker" by Ronan Farrow
  • 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
  • Jul 29 British Open Senior 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
  • Jul 30 Official Malaysian investigation in disappearance of Flight 370 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
  • Jul 31 Actor Alan Alda reveals he has had Parkinson's disease for 3 years, in interview with CBS"s "This Morning"
  • 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