Today in History for July 1999
Events 1 - 20 of 20
1st - The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
4th - 106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)
4th - 113th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5)
6th - U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams.
8th - Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.
8th - "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK
9th - Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
Novelist J. K. Rowling 11th - 20th US Seniors Golf Open: at Des Moines GC, W Des Moines, Iowa
13th - 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
15th - The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington.
15th - Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found
16th - John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.
18th - 128th British Golf Open: at Carnoustie Scot Paul Lawrie wins after play off
20th - Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr. 22nd - Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence.
23rd - Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father.
23rd - ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
25th - 54th US Women's Open Golf Championship
27th - Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"
31st - Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.
Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1
20th - Princess Alexandra of Hanover, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
Weddings 1 - 11 of 11
Singer Victoria Beckham (4th)
4th - Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Adams (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland
10th - "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
15th - "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California
17th - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California
17th - Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele
17th - Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California
18th - Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys
Director Martin Scorsese (22nd) 22nd - Director Martin Scorsese (56) weds Helen Morris in New York
28th - "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France
31st - Actor Patrick Dempsey (33) weds makeup artist Jillian Fink
31st - NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh
Deaths 1 - 24 of 24
1st - Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-born film director (b. 1908)
1st - Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
1st - Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)
1st - Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)
Novelist Mario Puzo (2nd) 2nd - Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78
3rd - Mark Sandman, American musician (b. 1952)
4th - Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
6th - Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
6th - Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish composer (b. 1901)
6th - Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
7th - Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
8th - Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
9th - Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
11th - Helen Forrest, American singer (b. 1917)
12th - Bill Owen, British actor (b. 1914)
16th - Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)
Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr. (16th) 16th - John F. Kennedy Jr., American publisher (George) and lawyer, dies in a plane crash at 38
16th - Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
20th - Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
22nd - Gar Samuelson, American musician (Megadeth) (b. 1958)
23rd - King Hassan II of Morocco (b. 1929)
27th - Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (b. 1912)
27th - Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)
28th - Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)