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Events in History in July 2018

  • Jul 1 Mexician General election: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 1 Colombia's Chiribiquete National Park declared a world heritage site by the UN
  • Jul 1 Suicide bombing targeting Sikh community kills at least 19 people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Jul 1 French gangster Redoine Faid escapes the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau, France by helicopter
  • Jul 1 Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the US's steel tariffs take effect, 25% on some steel, 10% on 250 other goods
  • Jul 1 Nationwide protests over Trump administration immigration policies in the US
  • Jul 2 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago
  • Jul 2 British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding

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Jul 3 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is arrested on corruption charges, accused of stealing 700 million from state development fund 1MDB

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Jul 3 Souad Abderrahim is elected the first female mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

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Jul 3 US Justice and Education Departments rescind Obama affirmative action policies in college admissions

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jul 3 Worst monsoon rains in decades swamp Lahore, Pakistan, killing 6

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Jul 3 French President Emmanuel Macron visits the New Afrika Shrine nightclub in Lagos during his two-day tour of Nigeria

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • Jul 4 Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case
  • Jul 4 Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze
  • Jul 4 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong
  • Jul 5 US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt resigns amid allegations of misconduct
  • Jul 5 At least 24 killed in explosions at pyrotechnics workshops in Tultepec, Mexico
  • Jul 5 Heatwave in southern Quebec, Canada, kills 33
  • Jul 5 Saleswomen in Kerala, India, win right to sit down and take toilet breaks in new amendment to law
  • Jul 6 Floods and landslides begin in south-western Japan, killing at least 200 people with more missing. Evacuation orders for nearly 2 million.
  • Jul 6 Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário of Mozambique sacks the board of Lam Airlines after he is left stranded when a plane runs out of fuel
  • Jul 6 Paraguay has eliminated malaria in announcement by the World Health organization
  • Jul 8 Four boys are the first to be rescued after 16 days, from Tham Luang cave, Thailand, by Thai and international rescue team

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Jul 8 British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns in a stand against Theresa May's new softer Brexit policy

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Jul 8 Eritrea and Ethiopia announce re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries after almost 20 years in Asmara, Eritrea

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Jul 9 US President Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jul 9 Bright pink is the world's oldest biological colour according to scientists, produced by tiny cyanobacteria in 1.1bn-year-old marine shale rock from Taoudeni basin, Mauritania

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Jul 9 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns after Theresa May takes a softer Brexit stance

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

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Jul 9 Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially end the "no war, no peace" peace deal made in 2000 in Eritrea's capital, Asmara

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed
  • Jul 9 Train derailment kills 24 in the Turkish province of Tekirdag
  • Jul 9 4 more boys are rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped there with 8 others and their coach for 17 days by monsoon flooding (4 boys and their coach remain)
  • Jul 9 US coffee company Starbucks announces it will stop using plastic straws by 2020, reducing use of more than 1 billion straws a year
  • Jul 10 The final 4 boys and their coach are rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped there for 18 days by monsoon flooding
  • Jul 10 Original sketch of Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood by EH Shepard sells for £430,000 in London, record price for a book illustration
  • Jul 11 Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins
  • Jul 12 World's longest fingernails cut off; Shridhar Chillal's nails measured 909.6cm after growing for 66 years
  • Jul 12 Republic of Ireland will be the first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after passing legislation in parliament
  • Jul 12 US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK for a four-day visit amid protests
  • Jul 12 Chemical plant explosion in Jiangan County, Sichuan Province, China, kills at least 19
  • Jul 13 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay record $4.7 billion in damages in talc cancer case by jury in US state of Missouri
  • Jul 13 US Department of Justice charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with cyber-attacks against Democratic officials during 2016 US election
  • Jul 13 Outline of 5,000 year-old henge discovered at New Grange, Ireland through drought and drone footage
  • Jul 13 Suicide bombing in Baluchistan, Pakistan, targeting election campaign event kills 128, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Jul 13 Large protests in London against US President Donald Trump featuring Trump-like baby blimp as President Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle
  • Jul 14 Huge iceberg looming over Innaarsuit village, western Greenland prompts evacations in case it calves
  • Jul 14 Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns after violent protests against fuel price rises

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Jul 14 More than 300 people now reported killed in protests against government of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua

President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader Daniel Ortega
President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader
Daniel Ortega
  • Jul 14 Civilians killed in Afghan war reaches record high with 1,692 killed in first six months of 2018 says UN
  • Jul 14 Russian covert agent Maria Butina arrested by the FBI in Washington, D.C.., charged with being unregistered foreign agent
  • Jul 15 8-year-old girl finds pre-Viking-era sword in Vidostern lake, Sweden, internet proclaims her Queen of Sweden
  • Jul 16 US President Donald Trump appears to accept the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence services about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, in an interview after the two leader's Helsinki Summit
  • Jul 16 12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter bringing planet's moon total to 79, by scientists at Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Jul 16 Historic cemetery (1878-1911) announced discovered near Houston, Texas, containing 95 remains though to be African Americans forced into labour
  • Jul 17 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of "strongman politics" in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 17 Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon

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Jul 18 Elon Musk apologises for calling British caver diver in Thai rescue "pedo guy" after widespread criticism and fall in Tesla stock price

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Jul 18 Google fined record $5.1 billion by the EU for abusing its power in mobile phone market
  • Jul 18 44 Forest fires in Sweden as far north as the Arctic Circle prompt Swedish government to request extra assistance, with drought and warm weather to blame
  • Jul 18 Turkey ends its two-year State of Emergency
  • Jul 18 New Earth geological age announced, the Meghalayan Age 4,200 years ago to the present, by the International Commission on Stratigraphy
  • Jul 18 Seventeen men charged with the gang-rape of a 12-year old girl in Chennai, India
  • Jul 18 Lava from Kilauea volcano eruption has now destroyed 700 homes and added 700 acres to Big Island confirms Hawaii National Guard
  • Jul 18 Nicaraguan government announces Masaya is back under its control after violent clashes with anti-government protesters
  • Jul 19 Israel's parliament passes controversial "nation state" law giving only Jews self-determination, relegating Arabic to "special status"
  • Jul 19 First commercial flight, the "bird of peace" between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years lands in Asmara, Eritrea, reuniting families
  • Jul 19 Largest intact sarcophagus of its kind ever found (2000 years old) opened in Alexandria, contains 3 skeletons, not a curse as feared

PlaneWhale of a Plane!

Jul 19 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France

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The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
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  • Jul 19 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins is discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where it sunk in 1905
  • Jul 19 A duck boat sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people
  • Jul 20 Australian businessman James Packer announces he has quit 22 directorships due to mental health issues
  • Jul 21 India scraps tax on sanitary products after campaign by activists
  • Jul 22 Heatwave in Japan kills 11 in one day
  • Jul 22 Israeli military and allies evacuate over 400 White Helmet Syrian rescue workers from its border with Syria to Jordan
  • Jul 22 US President Donald Trump threatens Iran in an all-caps tweet of "consequences" in response to speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
  • Jul 22 Lone gunman shooting kills 3 including gunman and injures 13 in Toronto, Canada
  • Jul 23 Japan records its highest ever temperature at 41.1 degrees (105.98F) in Kumagaya
  • Jul 23 Environmental reports finds China on track to reach new emission targets, but carbon dioxide emissions risen - 9.2 billion metric tons in 2017, more than US and Europe combined
  • Jul 23 250,000 doses of vaccines for children produced by a firm in China faulty according to reports in China
  • Jul 23 Slum homes for 30,000 people demolished to make way for a dual carriage way in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Jul 23 Dam collapses while under construction in Attapeu province, Laos, killing at least 20 with more than 100 missing
  • Jul 23 First graphic novel to be nominated for a major literary prize is "Sabrina" by Nick Drnaso for Booker long list
  • Jul 23 International Monetary Fund predicts inflation of 1 million percent in Venezuela by end of 2018
  • Jul 24 Wildfires near Athens, Greece, kill 91 with 104 injured, over 600 rescued from the coast by boats
  • Jul 24 First bison born in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in 140 years, after being reintroduced
  • Jul 25 Liquid lake found on Mars under its South Pole by European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter reported in "Science"
  • Jul 25 Multiple suicide bombings and attacks by the Islamic State in Sweida and surrounding areas of Syria kill more than 200
  • Jul 25 Somalia’s attorney general announces country's first prosecution of female genital mutilation after death of a 10-year-old girl
  • Jul 26 Facebook has the single worst day of any public company on the stock market - losing 19% or $119 billion market value
  • Jul 26 Authorities in Stung Treng province, Cambodia, evacuate 25,000 below collapsed Laos dam as waters rise
  • Jul 26 Over 700 immigrant children still separated from their parents in the US as court-imposed deadline to reunite them passes

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Jul 26 Observation of a black hole by The Very Large Telescope in Chile proves Albert Einstein's prediction of "gravitational redshift", published in "Journal Astronomy & Astrophysics"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Jul 28 Carr Fire reaches Redding, California, with death toll at 5 having burnt 80,000 acres
  • Jul 28 Longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Jul 29 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes island of Lombok, Indonesia, killing at least 14
  • Jul 29 Palestinian teenage activist Ahed Tamimi released from prison after eight months
  • Jul 29 Ethiopian state funeral for murdered dam engineer Simegnew Bekele in Addis Ababa prompts unrest
  • Jul 29 Hun Sen's Cambodian People’s Party Hun Sen claims to have won all 125 seats in country's general election with widespread criticism of a sham vote
  • Jul 29 Demonstrations calling for safer road by students begin in Dhaka, Bangladesh

PlaneFlight MH370 Disappears

Jul 30 Official Malaysian investigation into the disappearance of Flight MH370 is unable to determine what happened

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Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
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  • Jul 30 British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt mistakenly calls his Chinese-born wife "Japanese" in meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing
  • Jul 30 Four million people excluded from Assam National Register of Citizens in India prompts fears of deportation, loss of citizenship
  • Jul 30 Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after being convicted of concealing sexual abuse
  • Jul 31 Facebook discloses and removes Russian-linked network of sites attempting to interfere in American politics
  • Jul 31 Aeroméxico flight 2431 crash lands in Durango, Mexico, all 103 on board survive