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July 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China
  • Jul 3 Asteroid labeled as 2004 XP14 flies 432,308 km (268,624 miles) by Earth.

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 3 Lily Allen releases her debut single "Smile"

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • Jul 4 Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • Jul 4 North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 Richard Branson sells Virgin Mobile to NTL for £962.4 million

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jul 5 North Korea tests at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile
  • Jul 5 Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day
  • Jul 6 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years
  • Jul 9 At least 122 people killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers veers off the runway while landing at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia in wet conditions
  • Jul 10 Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board
  • Jul 11 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 12 Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 16 14th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sörenstam win

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 27 The Federal Republic of Germany is deemed guilty in the loss of Bashkirian 2937 and DHL Flight 611, because it is illegal to outsource flight surveillance
  • Jul 30 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Loren Roberts wins in a playoff with Eduardo Romero of Argentina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro

Weddings in History

  • Jul 6 "National Treasure" director Jon Turteltaub (42) weds co-founder of Creative Visions Foundation Amy Eldon at Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu, California
  • Jul 7 Three-time "Survivor" contestant Stephenie LaGrossa (26) weds Michael Ward in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • Jul 17 "Wheel of Fortune" Original host Chuck Woolery (65) weds Kim Barnes at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Deaths in History

  • Jul 3 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Lay, American CEO and Chairman of Enron, dies at 64
  • Jul 7 Juan de Ávalos, Spanish sculptor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 John Money, Sexologist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 10 Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel (b. 1965)
  • Jul 15 Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • Jul 17 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), dies at 88
  • Jul 20 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 21 Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)
  • Jul 22 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • Jul 22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • Jul 23 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1927)
  • Jul 25 Carl Brashear, first African-American U.S Navy Master Diver (b. 1931)
  • Jul 27 Maryann Mahaffey, American politician (b. 1925)
  • Jul 28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • Jul 29 Jim Olin, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-93), dies at 86
  • Jul 30 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)