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July 2009 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 3 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.

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Jul 4 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks

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  • Jul 5 Ethnic rioting breaks out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
  • Jul 6 Jadranka Kosor became first female prime minister of Croatia
  • Jul 14 Singapore experiences a seasonally adjusted and annualised growth of 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of increased pharmaceuticals production and construction, bringing the country out of the recession
  • Jul 15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami
  • Jul 17 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners
  • Jul 18 Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.
  • Jul 19 The Wesley Impact: black spot the size of Earth discovered on Jupiter after unknown object crashed onto the planet
  • Jul 23 The Bank of Canada announces the end of the recession even though it remains nascent and still dependent on government stimulus money
  • Jul 24 FINA Congress votes to ban all body-length swimsuits; men's suits to maximally cover from the waist to knee, and women's from shoulder to knee; fabric must be a "textile" or woven material; effective 1 January 2010
  • Jul 29 Temperature reaches 103°F in Seattle, Washington, the hottest day on record [1]
  • Jul 30 A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • Jul 1 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • Jul 3 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 6 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • Jul 12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), dies at 83
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan Supreme court chief justice (b. 1921)
  • Jul 24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • Jul 24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • Jul 25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • Jul 25 Stanley Middleton, British novelist (Holiday, Three Wise Men), dies at 89
  • Jul 26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 26 Merce Cunningham, American choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus), dies at 90
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • Jul 29 Gayatri Devi, 3rd Maharani consort of Jaipur, India (1940-49), dies of lung failure and gastric problems at 90
  • Jul 30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)