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July 2007 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Smoking is banned from English public places and all the UK after earlier bans in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Jul 1 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win
  • Jul 14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
  • Jul 16 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • Jul 17 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with estimated 199 deaths.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 21 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 24 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya
  • Jul 25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's 1st female President
  • Jul 31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end

Weddings in History

  • Jul 7 Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (57) weds handbag designer Gelila Assefa (38) in a three-day celebration on the Italian island of Capri
  • Jul 12 World's tallest man who measures 7'9" Bao Xishun (56) weds Xia Shujian (28) in a traditional Mongolian ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan in Beijing, China

Deaths in History

  • Jul 3 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (b. 1915)
  • Jul 7 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), dies at 80
  • Jul 8 Chandra Shekhar, Indian politician, 8th Prime Minister of India (1990-91), dies at 80
  • Jul 10 Abdul Rashid Ghazi, radical Pakistani cleric (b. 1951)
  • Jul 10 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (Kudzu), dies at 57
  • Jul 10 Zheng Xiaoyu, director of the State Food and Drug Administration of the People's Republic of China (b. 1944)
  • Jul 11 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • Jul 11 Alfonso López Michelsen, 24th President of Colombia (1974-78), dies at 94
  • Jul 11 Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
  • Jul 11 Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman (Honest Ed's) and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • Jul 12 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • Jul 12 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • Jul 17 Júlio Redecker, Brazilian Politician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 17 Betsy Haworth, Church of England deaconess and minister, dies at 82
  • Jul 18 Charles Jauncey, Baron Jauncey of Tullichettle, Scottish judge and advocate, dies after a stroke at 82
  • Jul 18 Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 19 Roberto Fontanarrosa, Argentine cartoonist (b. 1944)
  • Jul 19 A. K. Faezul Huq, Lawyer, politician, and freelance journalist (b. 1945)
  • Jul 23 Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (b. 1914)
  • Jul 23 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, dies at 93
  • Jul 23 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (human consciousness), dies at 91
  • Jul 24 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, dies at 93
  • Jul 25 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman competitor, dies at 27
  • Jul 26 Lars Forssell, Swedish writer, member of the Swedish Academy (b. 1928)
  • Jul 27 Roland Gaucher, French journalist, dies at 88
  • Jul 28 Jim LeRoy, Airshow pilot (b. 1961)
  • Jul 29 Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921)
  • Jul 30 William Balchin, English geographer, dies at 91
  • Jul 30 Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (b. 1915)