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July 2019 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 At least 16 people killed in a Taliban attack with over 100 injured in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Jul 1 Japan resumes commercial whaling after a break of more than 30 years

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Jul 2 Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman nominated to lead the European Commission with France's Christine Lagarde 1st woman nominated to lead the European Central Bank

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde
  • Jul 2 Newly rediscovered Lewis chessmen piece sells at auction for £735,000 in London
  • Jul 2 Air strike kills at least 40 people at Libyan migrant center in Tripoli, with Libyan National Army blamed
  • Jul 2 Total solar eclipse over Chile and Argentina
  • Jul 2 Virginie Viard presents her first haute couture collection as designer at Chanel after the death of Karl Lagerfeld at the Grand Palais
  • Jul 3 Heavy monsoon rains strike Mumbai and surrounding Maharashtra state in India killing at least 43, worst flooding in a decade
  • Jul 3 More than a million people ordered to evacuate Japanese island of Kyushu amid warnings of mudslides after 1,000mm (39in) of rainfall
  • Jul 3 Italian David-Maria Sassoli chosen as new European President
  • Jul 3 US produces the most waste per head globally and recycles the least at 35% according to new research by Verisk Maplecroft, Germany recycles the most at 68%
  • Jul 3 Atlético Madrid sign Portugal forward Joao Felix for €126m (£113m) from Benfica in the fifth most expensive transfer in football history
  • Jul 4 Largest earthquake in California in 20 years 6.4 magnitude near Ridgecrest

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Jul 4 Egypt claims 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun bust is stolen as it sells for $6 million at auction at Christies

Pharoah of Egypt Tutankhamun
Pharoah of Egypt
Tutankhamun
  • Jul 4 Biggest seaweed bloom in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico after algae explosion due to deforestation and fertiliser
  • Jul 4 Notorious Dutch crime boss Willem Holleeder sentenced to life for ordering five murders in Amsterdam

  • Jul 4 UN accuses Venezuelan government of using death squads and policy of installing fear to remove opposition with 5,287 people killed in 2018 for supposedly resisting arrest
  • Jul 4 US publication Mad Magazine announces it will stop publishing new material after 67 years

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Jul 4 US President Donald Trump holds a “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., controversial for its emphasis on the military and presence of tanks

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Jul 4 Russian President Vladmir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
Pope Pope Francis
Pope
Pope Francis
  • Jul 4 Record temperatures in Alaska as Anchorage reaches 90F (32C)
  • Jul 5 Second stronger earthquake in Southern California at 7.1 magnitude centered near Ridgecrest
  • Jul 5 Ancient Iraqi city Babylon declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Jul 7 Greek national elections won by center-right New Democracy party headed by Kyriakos Mitsotakis
  • Jul 7 Nigeria, Africa' biggest economy, joins the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in attempt to create world's largest free trade area
  • Jul 7 Mississippi closes all its beaches due to toxic algae bloom due to flooding of the Mississippi River
  • Jul 8 Congolese general and rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in the Hague
  • Jul 8 Deutsche Bank begins laying off 18,000 employees worldwide as part of large overhaul of its operations
  • Jul 8 US financier Jeffrey Epstein indicted on further charges of sex trafficking of minors
  • Jul 9 Northern Ireland MPs vote to extend same-sex marriage and make abortion legal to bring it in line with rest of UK
  • Jul 9 Indian restaurateur "dosa king" P. Rajagopal finally begins his life sentence for organizing a murder, 15 years after he was convicted
  • Jul 10 Earliest evidence of modern humans outside Africa found with 210,000 year old skull from Apidima Cave, southern Greece published in "Nature"
  • Jul 10 British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch resigns after his secret cables calling the US president "inept" were published
  • Jul 11 Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft lands on the Ryugu asteroid 300m km (185m miles) from earth for a second time to collect samples
  • Jul 11 Last models of Volkswagen's Beetle car are produced in Pueblo, Mexico, ending production worldwide after 80 years
  • Jul 11 US stock markets reach new records, the Dow tops 27,000 points for the first time and the S&P 500 hits 3,000 points

  • Jul 14 First Ebola case on Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, city of 1 million, as toll of outbreak reaches 1600 victims
  • Jul 14 US President Donald Trump ignites racial controversy by tweeting four Democrat women of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came"
  • Jul 17 Irrigation canal system collapses near Fort Laramie, Wyoming parching 100,000 acres of farmland across Nebraska and Wyoming
  • Jul 17 World Health Organization declares the DR Congo Ebola outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern"

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jul 17 Mexican drug cartel head Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in New York

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • Jul 17 Bulgaria announces 5 million people, virtually every adult, has had their personal information exposed after national tax agency hacked
  • Jul 18 Arson attack on animated studio Kyoto Animation Co in Kyoto, Japan, kills at least 33
  • Jul 18 Children's songs "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos" used by City of West Palm Beach, Florida to drive away homeless people from the waterfront
  • Jul 18 One of world's earliest mosques at 1,200 years old discovered by archaeologists in Israel's Negev Desert
  • Jul 18 June 2019 was the hottest June on record with average worldwide temperature of 61.6F (16.4C) according to The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Jul 19 Largest wind farm in Africa opens at Lake Turkana, Kenya, generating 310 megawatts
  • Jul 19 UK oil tanker Stena Impero seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz
  • Jul 19 Heat wave begins across the east of America affecting 100 million people and killing 6, with New York city declaring a state of emergency
  • Jul 21 Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosselló says he won't seek re-election after widespread protests over misogynistic and homophobic comments in his leaked online chats
  • Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Playing in torrential rain, Irishman Shane Lowry wins his first major title by 6 strokes from Tommy Fleetwood of England
  • Jul 22 India's lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 successfully takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota aiming to be fourth nation to soft-land on the moon
  • Jul 22 French submarine Minerve rediscovered off coast of Toulon, France, after disappearing in 1968 with loss of 52 crew
  • Jul 22 Air strikes have killed at least 31 people in Maarat al-Numan, north-western Syria, with Russian planes supporting Syrian government being blamed
  • Jul 22 US President Donald Trump says US could win war in Afghanistan in a week "I just don't want to kill 10 million people. If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth"

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Jul 23 Boris Johnson is chosen the new British Prime Minister by the ruling Conservative Party to replace Theresa May

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Jul 23 Investigation launched after no girls born in three months in 132 villages in Uttarkashi district, India, with sex-selective abortions suspected as the reason
  • Jul 23 BHP becomes the first mining company to tackle pollution, says it will invest $400 million to reduce emissions
  • Jul 23 At least 36 people killed by a mud landslide in Shuicheng county, Guizhou province, China
  • Jul 24 Second heatwave of the summer in Western Europe sets record temperatures in Belgium in Kleine Brogel 39.9C (102F), for Holland in Eindhoven 39.3C (102F) and Germany at Geilenkirchen 40.5C (104F)
  • Jul 24 New UK PM Boris Johnson drastically reshapes cabinet in his first day in office, appointing Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary, Priti Patel as Home Secretary and Sajid Javid as Chancellor
  • Jul 24 Special counsel Robert Mueller reports to the US Senate that President Trump was not exonerated of obstruction of justice and that Russia interfered in US election to benefit Trump
  • Jul 24 Global warming is the fastest in 2,000 years and scientific consensus that humans are the cause is at 99%, according to three major reports published in journals "Nature" and "Nature Geoscience"
  • Jul 24 Facebook agrees to pay $5 billion fine, largest ever for violating consumer privacy, to the US Federal Trade Commission
  • Jul 24 10th million Mini car produced during its 60th anniversary year in Oxford, England
  • Jul 25 Scandal-hit Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló resigns
  • Jul 25 High temperature records set across Europe just one day after previous records set, Paris 42.6C (108.7F), Germany 42.6C (108.6F), Netherlands 40.7C (105.2F) , Belgium 40.6C (105.2F)
  • Jul 25 Worst Mediterranean migrant drownings this year when boat carrying 250 people capsizes off Libyan coast, with over 100 feared drowned
  • Jul 25 US Justice department announces it is resuming the death penalty, scheduling five executions
  • Jul 25 "City killer" Asteroid 2019 OK passes by almost undetected at 187 to 427 feet (57 to 130 meters) just 45,000 miles away from earth, closer than the Moon
  • Jul 25 Highest ever UK temperature of 38.7C (101.6F) recorded in Cambridge, England
  • Jul 27 US President Trump, calls Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," calls Congress Rep Elijah Cummings responsible
  • Jul 27 At least 65 mourners killed in a gun attack at a funeral near Maiduguri, by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria
  • Jul 28 First Fortnite World Cup won by US teenager Kyle Giersdorf with largest ever e-sports prize of $3 million at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York
  • Jul 29 Prison riot kills 58, with 16 decapitated in battle between rival factions at the Altamira prison, Para state, Brazil
  • Jul 31 US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates for the first time since 2008 by 0.25%
  • Jul 31 Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian army to help put out huge wildfires in Siberia covering three million hectares (7.4 million acres) after 700,000 people sign petition

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Jul 31 American officials announce Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden and potential successor has been killed in US air strikes in Pakistan

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Jul 31 Kelly Craft confirmed by US Senate as US ambassador to the UN

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Lee Iacocca, American automotive executive (CEO of Chrysler Corp), dies at 94
  • Jul 7 Greg Johnson, Canadian hockey center (Nashville Predators captain 2002-06), dies at 48
  • Jul 16 John Paul Stevens, American lawyer and 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975-2010), dies from complications of a stroke at 99
  • Jul 17 Andrea Camilleri, Italian author (Inspector Montalbano novels), dies at 93
  • Jul 19 César Pelli, Argentine American architect (Petronas Towers), dies at 92
  • Jul 22 Li Peng, Chinese leader, Premier of China (1987-98), dies at 90

Person of interestBeji Caid Essebsi

Jul 25 Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's 1st freely elected President (2014-2019), dies at 92

President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi
President of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi
  • Jul 31 V. G. Siddhartha, Indian coffee entrepreneur (Café Coffee Day), found dead at 60