Today in History for July 2000
Events 1 - 12 of 12
1st - The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
1st - Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
2nd - Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
9th - Pete Sampras wins his 13th Grand Slam tennis title at Wimbledon
10th - EADS, the world's second largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.
10th - A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.
20th - The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
20th - In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
20th - Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
23rd - 129th British Golf Open: at Royal Lytham
23rd - 55th US Women's Open Golf Championship
25th - Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1
27th - Kali Rodriguez, American actress
Weddings 1 - 2 of 2
8th - Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii
29th - American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California
Deaths 1 - 24 of 24
1st - Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
1st - Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)
2nd - Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
3rd - Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor (b. 1944)
4th - Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
7th - Kenny Irwin, Jr., American race car driver (b. 1969)
9th - Doug Fisher, English actor (b. 1941)
10th - Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, Travancore-Cochin Legislative member (b. 1909)
10th - Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
11th - Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
11th - Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1921)
12th - Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II (b. 1908)
14th - William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (b. 1920)
14th - René Ríos Boettiger, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1911)
14th - Meredith MacRae, American actress (b. 1944)
15th - Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
20th - Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (b. 1941)
22nd - Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)
22nd - Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author (b. 1925)
22nd - Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
24th - Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (b. 1925)
26th - John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
27th - Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
28th - Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist and historian (b. 1918)