2017 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 586


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Jan 1 Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres becomes United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-moon

Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon
  • Jan 2 US House Republicans vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day

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Jan 6 Elizabeth Warren announces her intention to run for a second term as Massachusetts Senator

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

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Jan 12 US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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Jan 17 US President Barack Obama commutes WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning's prison sentence from 35 to 7 years

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jan 17 Nigerian military mistakely bomb refugee camp killing more than 70 in Rann, Borno state
  • Jan 17 Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off
  • Jan 18 NASA and NOAA announce that 2016 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 which itself topped a record set in 2014
  • Jan 19 Adama Barrow sworn in as President of Gambia in Dahkar as Senegalese troops enter Gambia to persuade former President Yahya Jammeh to leave
  • Jan 19 High-rise building collapses in Tehran, killing 20 firefighters

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Jan 20 Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Jan 20 Car ploughs into pedestrians in central Melbourne, killing 6 and injuring 27
  • Jan 21 More than 2 million people protest worldwide in the 'Women's March' against Donald Trump, with 500,000 marching in Washington D.C.
  • Jan 22 Chile declares a State of Emergency and requests international assistance as wildfires rage out of control

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Jan 22 Jared Kushner is sworn in as Senior Advisor to the President, Donald Trump

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 23 Thunderstorms and tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi leave at least 18 dead in the US
  • Jan 23 Most expensive house in the US worth $250 million goes on the market in Bel Air, Los Angeles
  • Jan 25 Kisenosato becomes the 1st Japanese home-grown sumo champion since 1998 when he is made yokozuna, 72nd Grand Champion
  • Jan 27 Donald Trump issues executive order banning travel to the US for 7 mostly Muslim countries and suspending admission for refugees
  • Jan 28 US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees
  • Jan 29 Attack on mosque in Quebec kills 6 and injures 17, shooter is French-Canadian student
  • Jan 30 Scientists in central China reveal oldest known human ancestor - 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil
  • Jan 31 Romanian government passes emergency decree to release prisoners and decriminalise corruption charges, triggering huge protests in Bucharest
  • Jan 31 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs Justice Department officials not to defend Trump's travel ban

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Feb 1 Rex Tillerson confirmed as 69th US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
  • Feb 1 British MPs vote in favour of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit
  • Feb 5 African Cup of Nations 2017: Cameroon defeat Egypt 2-1 in Libreville
  • Feb 5 Romanian government scraps corruption degree after 6 days of mass demonstrations
  • Feb 6 Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha
  • Feb 8 US Senate confirms Jeff Sessions Attorney General, after controversy and protests
  • Feb 12 Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse, 180,00 residents ordered to evacuate
  • Feb 12 North Korea conducts a solid fuel ballistic missile test from Banghyon air base

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Feb 13 US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
National Security Advisor
Michael Flynn
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 16 Suicide attack on shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan, Pakistan kills 72, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Feb 16 Car bomb in Bayaa, Baghdad kills at least 48, Islamic State claims responsibility. 3rd attack in 3 days
  • Feb 17 Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific announced in research journal "GSA Today"
  • Feb 20 Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million
  • Feb 21 Bodies of 87 African migrants wash ashore at Zawiya, Libya
  • Feb 21 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board
  • Feb 22 Discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 announced in Journal "Nature" - raises possibility of alien life
  • Feb 22 US President Donald Trump overturns Obama directive on Transgender rights to use toilets
  • Feb 25 Tom Perez is elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee
  • Mar 1 Gustav Klimt's painting "Bauerngarten" sells for $59.3m in London
  • Mar 2 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador
  • Mar 3 Mass grave of 800 children and infants confirmed at a former Catholic care home in Tuam, Ireland
  • Mar 5 US President Donald Trump in a tweet accusses former President Obama without offering any evidence of wiretapping Trump Towers during the presidential campaign
  • Mar 6 US President Donald Trump signs his second executive order barring travelers from 6 mostly-Muslim countries for 90 days but leaves out Iraq
  • Mar 6 Wikileaks publishes "Vault 7" CIA documents detailing its hacking and surveillance techniques
  • Mar 7 Malta's famous landmark the Azure Window collaspes into the sea after a storm
  • Mar 7 19 girls killed in a fire at a government-run care center in San José Pinula, Guatemala
  • Mar 8 Aboriginal DNA study by University of Adelaide shows Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration

  • Mar 8 FC Barcelona in a great comeback become 1st team to overturn 4-0 deficit beating St-Germain 6-5 in return game to reach the Champions League quarter finals
  • Mar 10 South Korean judges uphold parliaments' decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye
  • Mar 11 At least 65 killed in landslide at rubbish dump near Addis Ababa, Ethopia
  • Mar 14 European Court of Justice rules companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves
  • Mar 15 Dutch elections; Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD party win 33 seats vs against 20 for right wing Geert Wilder's Party of Freedom
  • Mar 15 French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller
  • Mar 16 US President Donald Trump's second travel ban is blocked by 2 federal courts
  • Mar 20 Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand
  • Mar 22 Arctic records its lowest ever winter ice cover according to US National Snow and Ice Data Center, 5.5 million square miles
  • Mar 22 Tomb of Jesus reopens after restoration in Jerusalem
  • Mar 22 Terrorist attack on London's Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament kills 4 including a police officer and injures 40
  • Mar 24 US President Donald Trump and Republican party forced to pull their attempt to repeal Obamacare after internal opposition
  • Mar 26 Anti-corruption protests in Russia result in hundreds arrested including opposition leader Aleksei Navalny
  • Mar 26 Mass protests in Chile over country's privatised pension system
  • Mar 26 Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electorial commission
  • Mar 28 US confirms likely it is behind the air strike in Mosul, Iraq that led to collapse of a building that killed more than 100 civilians
  • Mar 28 Britain introduces 1st new pound coin in 30 years with secret security feature inside to stop counterfeiting
  • Mar 28 World's largest dinosaur footprint at 1.7 metres found in Kimberley, Western Australia
  • Mar 28 US President Donald Trump signs Energy Independence executive order undoing Obama climate-control measures
  • Mar 28 Cyclone Debbie strikes north east Queensland coast as a category 4 storm

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Mar 29 Ivanka Trump assumes an unpaid position as Advisor to the President, Donald Trump

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 29 UK Prime Minister Teresa May sends a letter to the EU invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Brexit
  • Mar 29 Man's body found inside a 7m long reticulated python in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Mar 30 North Carolina repeals its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use
  • Mar 30 Venezuela Supreme Court takes over legislative powers of the National Assembly, opposition calls it a coup
  • Mar 30 Ex-South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested in corruption investigation
  • Mar 31 Mudslides caused by heavy rains sweep through Mocoa, Colombia killing more than 200
  • Apr 1 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York
  • Apr 2 Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead
  • Apr 3 Bomb on St Petersburg metro kills 11, 2nd bomb defused
  • Apr 4 Chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria by Syrian government forces kills more than 80 civilians
  • Apr 4 Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem at an action in Hong Kong

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Apr 4 Alibaba becomes the world's largest retailer according to US Securities and Exchange Commission

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

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Apr 6 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Florida for talks with US President Donald Trump

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Apr 7 Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack
  • Apr 7 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun
  • Apr 8 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • Apr 9 Two Egyptian coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria attacked by suicide bombers leaving at least 44 dead
  • Apr 9 Suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 17, Al-Shabaab group claim responsibility
  • Apr 9 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage
  • Apr 10 Edward Enninful is announced the new Editor of "British Vogue" its first male and black editor
  • Apr 10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up
  • Apr 14 Meethotamulla rubbish dump collapses onto houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 26
  • Apr 15 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children
  • Apr 16 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referundum on 18-article constitutional reform package
  • Apr 17 1st living giant shipworm at 3 ft found in the Philippines, really a type of clam
  • Apr 18 British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election
  • Apr 19 Fox News confirms they would be letting go of Bill O'Reilly after allegations of sexual harassment

Weddings in History

  • Jan 8 "Dancing with the stars" pro Louis Van Amstel (44) weds health coach Joshua Lancaster in Utah
  • Apr 8 Trump's personal aide Omarosa Manigault (43) weds pastor John Allen Newman at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.
  • Apr 22 "Gotham" star Chris Chalk weds Kimberley Dalton Mitchell at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina
  • May 20 Pippa Middleton (33), sister of the Duchess of Cambridge marries James Matthews (41) in Englefield, Berkshire

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 144

  • Jan 1 Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, dies at 74
  • Jan 2 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, dies at 79

Person of interestMário Soares

Jan 7 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies after falling into a coma at 92

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jan 8 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • Jan 9 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, dies at 95
  • Jan 10 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, dies at 59

Person of interestClare Hollingworth

Jan 10 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, dies at 105

Journalist Clare Hollingworth
Journalist
Clare Hollingworth
  • Jan 13 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), dies at 111
  • Jan 16 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • Jan 19 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • Jan 21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • Jan 23 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), dies of heart disease at 43
  • Jan 25 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • Feb 5 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 8 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45
  • Feb 8 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • Feb 8 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77
  • Feb 11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • Feb 16 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), dies at 89
  • Feb 18 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95
  • Feb 22 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • Feb 23 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • Feb 26 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • Feb 26 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • Mar 1 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, dies at 92
  • Mar 3 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies at 74
  • Mar 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • Mar 5 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), dies at 100
  • Mar 7 Hans Dehmelt, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 1989), dies at 94
  • Mar 9 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • Mar 17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85
  • Mar 20 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101
  • Mar 20 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of a heart condition at 66
  • Mar 21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • Mar 21 Chuck Barris, american TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), dies at 87
  • Mar 22 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • Mar 25 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), dies at 82
  • Mar 27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, dies after being attacked in prison at 64
  • Mar 31 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, dies at 83
  • Apr 1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • Apr 22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • Apr 24 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • Apr 27 Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, dies at 96
  • Apr 30 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40
  • May 1 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), dies at 78
  • May 1 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • May 2 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), dies at 85
  • May 4 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • May 9 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, dies at 89
  • May 12 Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland (1982-94), dies at 93
  • May 15 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), dies in prison at 79
  • May 18 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), dies at 77
  • May 18 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer and founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101
  • May 23 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75
  • May 25 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), dies at 91
  • May 26 Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American national security advisor to President Carter (1977-1981), dies at 89

Person of interestManuel Noriega

May 29 Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), dies at 83

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 29 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98
  • Jun 6 Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi businessman (arms dealing), dies at 81
  • Jun 10 Samuel V. Wilson, American ex-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former Army lieutenant general, dies of lung cancer at 93
  • Jun 15 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), dies at 90

Person of interestHelmut Kohl

Jun 16 Helmut Kohl, German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), dies at 87

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Jun 18 Hope Ryden, American wildlife activist and photographer, dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Lord Joffe [Joel Goodman Joffe], South African-born British lawyer (instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team) and businessman, dies at 85
  • Jul 1 Norman Dorsen, American lawyer, human rights advocate and president of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies of complications from a stroke at 86
  • Jul 3 Spencer Johnson, American author (Who Moved My Cheese?), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • Jul 10 Betty Dukes, American Walmart employee who fought against gender discrimination (2001 Betty Dukes v. Walmart lawsuit) dies at 67
  • Jul 12 Scharlette Holdman, American death penalty mitigation specialist, dies at 70
  • Jul 13 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61
  • Jul 14 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, dies of breast cancer at 40
  • Aug 3 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77