On This Day

July 2021 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 State of New York charges The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg with tax fraud and grand larceny [1]

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Jul 1 President Xi Jinping makes a defiant address at celebrations in Tiananmen Square, Beijing to mark the 100 year centenary of the Chinese Communist Party [1]

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

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Jul 1 Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces a two-week lockdown for the islands of Java and Bali amid the worst COVID-19 outbreak in South East Asia

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo

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Jul 1 Britain's Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jul 2 India's known COVID-19 deathtoll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died [1]
  • Jul 3 Worst wildfires in Cyprus' history begin in Limassol district, spreading in next few days and killing four people
  • Jul 3 Mudslides crash through town of Atami, Japan, after torrential rain, killing three and leaving over 100 people missing
  • Jul 4 Military plane crashes near Jolo, Philippines, killing at lease 45 with dozens saved from the burning wreckage

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Jul 4 Pope Francis undergoes surgery to remove part of his colon in Rome

  • Jul 4 Columbus Blue Jackets' 24 year old Latvian goaltender Matīss Kivlenieks is killed when accidently struck by fireworks at the home of team goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Michigan

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Jul 4 Researchers reveal there are 14 living descendants of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci [1]

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • Jul 5 One of world's oldest pieces of art, 51,000-year-old deer bone carved by Neanderthals, announced discovered in Harz Mountains, Germany [1]

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Jul 5 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England from 19 July, to become most unrestricted country in Europe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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Jul 6 Mary Simon is named Canada's first indigenous Governor General by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Jul 7 World's biggest sandcastle 21.16 high (69.4 feet), using nearly 5,000 tonnes of sand completed in Blokhus, Denmark [1]
  • Jul 7 Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home in Pétionville, Haiti, state of emergency declared across the country
  • Jul 8 A tiny Leonardo da Vinci sketch "Head of a Bear", the size of a post-it sells for £8.9 million ($12.2 m) at auction in London [1]

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Jul 8 US President Joe Biden says US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan will by August 31, despite increased Taliban gains across the country

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • Jul 8 Global known deathtoll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982) [1]
  • Jul 8 Japan says the Olympics will be held without spectators as Tokyo announces state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19
  • Jul 8 Zaila Avant-garde, American student, age 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee title
  • Jul 9 Death Valley, California, hits temperature of 130 degrees F (54.4 C), one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on earth [1]
  • Jul 9 June 2021 US's hottest June ever recorded in 127 years, average temperature 72.6 degrees F (4.2 degrees above average) [1]
  • Jul 11 Rare mass anti-government protests across Cuba due to economic hardships and effects of COVID-19 led to widespread arrests

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Jul 11 Billionaire Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in space tourism test

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jul 12 At least 92 people die in a fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraqi city of Nasiriya
  • Jul 13 "Unprecedented" early fire season in western US as 67 large fires and nearly 918,000 acres reported burnt by Interagency Fire Center [1]

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Jul 13 337 die in violent protests and looting in South Africa following the jailing of Jacob Zuma, with more than 200 shopping malls set alight [1]

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma
President of South Africa
Jacob Zuma
  • Jul 14 Drug overdose deaths in the US rose 30% to record 93,000 in 2020 according to CDC [1]
  • Jul 15 Devastating floods linked to climate change sweep through towns in western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, after record rainfall, killing at least 188 people
  • Jul 19 UK lifts most COVID-19 restrictions on so-called 'Freedom Day" despite 50,000 new daily infections
  • Jul 19 Bomb attack on al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad, Iraq, ahead of Eid al-Adha festival, kills 25 people
  • Jul 19 Peruvian union leader Pedro Castillo declared winner of the country's presidential election (11 April), defeating Keiko Fujimori by only 44,000 votes
  • Jul 20 US, NATO members and other states accuse China's Ministry of State Security for using "contract criminal hackers" to infiltrate Microsoft email systems [1]

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Jul 20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard rocket developed by his company Blue Origin

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Jul 20 Torrential rain causes severe flooding in China's Hunan province, flooding subways with people still on the trains, killing at least 12 people in Zhengzhou city [1]
  • Jul 20 Oregon's Bootleg fire has burnt nearly 400,000 acres, now so big it's generating its own weather patterns according to local fire chiefs
  • Jul 20 India's COVID-19 death toll likely 10 times its official toll, 3.4 million to 4.7 million (to June 2021), according to The Center for Global Development [1]
  • Jul 20 New York records the worst air quality in the world due to smoke from 80 wild fires on the US west coast [1]
  • Jul 21 Life expectancy in the US falls by 1.5 years (3 years for Hispanic Americans. 2.9 for Black Americans) in largest decline since WWII [1]
  • Jul 21 President Xi Jinping arrives in Tibet in first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years
  • Jul 21 World's fastest train debuts, a Chinese state-owned maglev bullet train, with speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles) in Qingdao, China [1]
  • Jul 22 US at “another pivotal point in this pandemic” says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky as the Delta variant becomes dominant
  • Jul 23 At least 164 people die in floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in Indian state of Maharashtra [1]
  • Jul 23 Indonesia posts a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths at 1,566 [1]
  • Jul 25 Typhoon In-Fa (Yanhua) makes landfall in the city of Zhoushan on China's east coast
  • Jul 26 Tunisian government in crisis after President Kais Saied sacks Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspends parliament with the help of the army because of its handling of COVID-19
  • Jul 26 Ship carrying migrants wrecks off coast of Al-Khums, Libya, killing at least 57, takes deathtoll in central Mediterranean to 987 for 2021 [1]
  • Jul 27 Swiss team of Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand make a clean sweep of the medals in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Jul 27 Florida records its highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 21,683
  • Jul 27 Largest-ever repatriation of 17,000 looted Iraqi antiquities returned to Baghdad, including items from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible and Cornell University
  • Jul 29 Flash floods kill at least 60 people in Kamdesh, eastern Afghanistan
  • Jul 29 Chinese team of Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei & Li Bingjie smash 4 x 200m freestyle relay WR 7:40.33 at Tokyo Olympics; minor medallists USA and Australia also beat previous mark
  • Jul 30 1 out of 169 Americans employed by Amazon in new figures released by the company. Now US's second largest employer (Walmart the largest employing 1 in 100) [1]
  • Jul 31 Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson trifecta women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics; Thompson Herah retains title

Weddings in History

  • Jul 17 Radio host Bobby Bones marries Caitlin Parker at home in Nashville
  • Jul 24 Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of Princess Diana, marries retail tycoon Michael Lewis, at the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, Italy

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist, dies at 92
  • Jul 5 Richard Donner [Schwartzberg], American television and film director (Twilight Zone; The Omen, Superman; Lethal Weapon; Scrooged), and producer (X-Men; Tales From The Crypt), dies at 91
  • Jul 7 Jovenel Moïse, Haitian politician, President of Haiti (2017-21), assassinated at 53
  • Jul 7 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine auto racer (World F1 Drivers C'ship 1981 runner-up; 3 x third) and politician (governor of Santa Fe 2003-21), dies from a digestive hemorrhage at 79
  • Jul 9 Jehan Sadat [Safwat Raouf], Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt (1970-81), dies at 87 [1]
  • Jul 10 Gwendolyn Faison, American politician (Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, 2000-10), dies at 96
  • Jul 19 Layne Flack, American poker player (6 x World Series of Poker bracelets), dies at 52
  • Jul 19 Jenny Lynn, American bodybuilder (IFBB Figure Olympia 2006, 07; Figure International 2003, 04, 05), dies from a seizure at 49
  • Jul 25 Robert Parris "Bob" Moses, American civil rights activist (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)), and educator (The Algebra Project), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Mike Enzi, American accountant, and politician (US Senator for Wyoming (R), 1997-2021), dies from injuries in a bicycling accident at 77
  • Jul 29 Carl Levin, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1979-2015), dies at 87