Today in History for July 1999
Events 1 - 13 of 13
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.
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.
9th - Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
11th - 20th US Seniors Golf Open: at Des Moines GC, W Des Moines, Iowa
15th - The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington.
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.
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
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 - 5 of 5
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
28th - "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France
Deaths 1 - 24 of 24
1st - Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-born film director (b. 1908)
1st - Guy Mitchell, American popular singer dies at 72
1st - Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)
1st - Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)
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)
16th - John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher (b. 1960)
16th - Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
20th - Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
Novelist Mario Puzo (2nd) 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)