On This Day

July 2012 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 17 people are killed and 45 injured in an attack on two churches in Garissa, Kenya
  • Jul 2 GlaxoSmithKline settles the largest healthcare fraud case in history for US$3 Billion
  • Jul 2 Monsoon rain in East India kills at least 79 people and leaves 2.2 million homeless
  • Jul 3 Truck bombing kills 25 people and wounds 40 in Diwaniyah, Iraq
  • Jul 3 Antonio Esfandiari wins a record $18.3 million after winning the 2012 World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Buy-In
  • Jul 4 Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson
  • Jul 5 The Shard, the tallest building in Europe, is opened in London, at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)
  • Jul 5 South Korea announce plans to begin "scientific' whaling of minke whales

Election of Interest

Jul 5 Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party is elected President of Mexico after a recount following irregularities

  • Jul 6 Gunmen kill 18 people in Turbat, Pakistan
  • Jul 7 Floods in the Krasnodar region, Russia, kill 140 people
  • Jul 8 Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province
  • Jul 8 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Peña Nieto's win in the country's presidential election
  • Jul 10 The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages
  • Jul 11 Police academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana'a, Yemen
  • Jul 11 S/2012 P 1, the fifth moon of Pluto is discovered
  • Jul 12 200 people are killed by the Syrian army in Tremseh
  • Jul 12 90-155 people are killed after an oil tanker crashes and explodes in Okogbe, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Jul 13 China's economic growth drops to 7.6%, its lowest level for three years
  • Jul 13 19-30 people are killed after a train collides with a truck in Malelane, South Africa
  • Jul 14 Suicide bomber attacks a wedding reception and kills 22 people and inures 22 in northern Afghanistan
  • Jul 14 Floods on the Japanese island of Kyushu kill 20 and displace 250,000
  • Jul 15 39 pilgrims are killed in a bus crash in Parasi, Nepal
  • Jul 15 A Russian Soyuz rocket with an international team launches for a mission to the International Space Station
  • Jul 17 17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 18 6 Israeli tourists are killed and 30 injured after a bomb explodes on a tourist bus at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria
  • Jul 18 14 people are killed after a bomb explosion at Pakistan's Orakzai Agency
  • Jul 18 Violence across Syria results in 97 deaths
  • Jul 18 Syrian suicide bombing kills three high profile government officials, including Syria's Minister of Defence
  • Jul 18 24 people are killed after a ferry sinks off the coast of Zanzibar

Appointment of Interest

Jul 18 Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army

  • Jul 20 21 people are killed and 29 injured in a bus accident in Nayarit, Mexico
  • Jul 22 Car bombs kills 20 people and injures 80 in Madaen and Najaf, Iraq
  • Jul 22 At least 77 people are killed by torrential rain in Beijing, China
  • Jul 22 Pranab Mukherjee is elected 13th President of India
  • Jul 23 A series of attacks across Iraq kill 103 people
  • Jul 24 Four barrels containing 248 human fetuses are found in Sverdlovsk, Russia
  • Jul 24 John Dramani becomes President of Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills

Historic Publication

Jul 24 Danielle Steel’s novel “Friends Forever: A Novel” is published

  • Jul 25 Italy's credit rating is downgraded to CCC+ by Egan-Jones
  • Jul 25 Ivica Dačić is sworn in as Prime Minister of Serbia
  • Jul 25 The UK economy returns to recession with a fall of 0.2% in GDP in the first quarter of 2012 following a fall of 0.3% in the last quarter of 2011
  • Jul 25 The double dip recession in the UK economy continues with a fall of 0.7% in GDP in the second quarter of 2012
  • Jul 26 At least 200 people are killed in a day of violence in Syria
  • Jul 26 Insurgent attack kills 19 people and destroys a helicopter at Baqubah, Iraq
  • Jul 26 North Korea is hit by Tropical Storm Khanun, killing 88 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless
  • Jul 28 18 people are killed and 11 injured in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia
  • Jul 29 Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea
  • Jul 30 Train fire kills 32 and injures 27 people in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Jul 30 Indian power grid failure leaves over 300 million without electricity
  • Jul 31 Two car bombs kill 21 people in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jul 31 A second power grid failure in India in two days leaves 670 million people without power

Weddings in History

  • Jul 7 "The Office" Ellie Kemper (32) weds former "Conan O'Brien" writer Michael Koman at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New York City

Deaths in History

  • Jul 6 Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85
  • Jul 9 Terepai Maoate, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, dies from prostate cancer at 78
  • Jul 9 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier, dies at 83
  • Jul 17 William Raspberry, American columnist (Pulitzer 1994), dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Omar Suleiman, Egyptian general and intelligence officer, dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 21 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • Jul 21 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, dies at 96
  • Jul 22 George A. Miller, American psychologist, dies at 92

Sally Ride

Jul 23 Sally Ride, American astronaut and 1st American woman in space, dies of pancreatic cancer at 61

  • Jul 24 John Atta Mills, Ghanaian President, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Franz West, Austrian artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 30 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge; Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86