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July 2008 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Denmark is the first European economy to confirm it is in recession since the global credit crunch began; its GDP shrinks 0.6% in the first quarter after a 0.2% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2007
  • Jul 2 Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.

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Jul 8 American businessman T. Boone Pickens announces his "Pickens Plan", an energy policy that moves away from imported oil

Businessman and Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens
Businessman and Oil Tycoon
T. Boone Pickens
  • Jul 10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes
  • Jul 12 Canadian harness racer John Campbell wins his 10,000th race as a driver by guiding 'Share the Delight' to victory in the 6th race at Meadowlands Racetrack

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Jul 13 Brewing company InBev announces deal to buy American brewer Anheuser-Busch for almost $52 billion

Investor and Beer Mogul Jorge Paulo Lemann
Investor and Beer Mogul
Jorge Paulo Lemann
  • Jul 16 Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is arrested on sodomy charges in Malaysia
  • Jul 21 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić is arrested in Serbia and is indicted by the UN's ICTY tribunal
  • Jul 23 Cape Verde joins the World Trade Organization, becoming its 153rd member.
  • Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: Bruce Vaughan birdies first extra playoff hole to beat fellow American John Cook by a stroke
  • Jul 28 Historic Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier burns down for a second time in 80 years

Weddings in History


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Jul 4 Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power (37) weds law professor Cass Sunstein (53) at Church of Mary Immaculate in County Kerry, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power

Deaths in History

  • Jul 4 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 4 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Jul 4 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • Jul 7 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7 Hugh Mendl, British record executive (Decca/Deram Records), dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Séamus Brennan, Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Minister, dies of cancer at 60
  • Jul 10 Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana (b. 1938)
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, dies at 99
  • Jul 12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • Jul 13 Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 19 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94
  • Jul 23 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924)
  • Jul 25 Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)
  • Jul 25 Tracy Hall, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 25 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, dies at 63
  • Jul 27 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, dies at 91
  • Jul 29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80