July 2008 calendar

July 2008

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in July 2008.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on July 2008: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2008?


  • 01 Jul 2008 Starbucks Coffee announces that it will close 500 additional stores in the USA on top of 100 already closed.
  • 02 Jul 2008 The Colombian armed forces rescue Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages being held by FARC rebels.
  • 03 Jul 2008 The Pentagon extends the tour in Afghanistan for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
  • 04 Jul 2008 Parts of the 115-year old landmark are severely damaged and charred by a fire that swept through Djurgarden, Stockholm's Biological Museum.
  • 05 Jul 2008 New Zealand defeated South Africa 19ndash8 to win the Rugby Union World Cup in the opening match at the Tri Nations.
  • 06 Jul 2008 Gunmen shoot and kill a United Nations official from Mogadishu, as he is leaving a mosque.
  • 07 Jul 2008 Wilhelm Molterer, leader of Austria's People's Party, pulls his party from the ruling grand coalition and calls for a snap election.
  • 08 Jul 2008 An agreement is signed between the United States and the Czech Republic to establish a United States missile defense system here.
  • 09 Jul 2008 When asked about conspiratorial ties during a Portsmouth, Ohio town hall meeting, Senator John McCain did not deny that he was president the New Citizenship Project (precursor of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century). He instead praised the 9/11 Commission.
  • 10 Jul 2008 A United Nations Tribunal has acquitted Ljube Boskoski, the former Macedonian Interior Minister, of all charges he was facing for war crimes.
  • 11 Jul 2008 The record-breaking price of crude oil at the New York Mercantile Exchange was US$147.27 per bar.
  • 12 Jul 2008 Mid America Auctions in Monterey, California sells a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer motorcycle at a record US$520,000 during the Inaugural Monterey Motorcycle Auction.
  • 13 Jul 2008 US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson announces an emergency plan for Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac mortgage holders valued at US$5.2 trillion.
  • 14 Jul 2008 Standard & Poor's 500 stock exchange index is experiencing its worst single-day fall since 1989, when it was created.
  • 15 Jul 2008 In the 79th All-Star Game, the American League beat the National League by a score of 4-3 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The longest All-Star game ever, the 15th inning, lasted four hours and fifty minutes.
  • 16 Jul 2008 At least 42 people are killed in a train accident near Marsa Matrouh, northern Egypt. Another 40 were injured.
  • 17 Jul 2008 American investment bank Merrill Lynch & Company reports a quarterly loss of US$4.89Billion after writing down bad loans. It also announces plans to sell billions in assets.
  • 18 Jul 2008 Warner Bros. Pictures has released The Dark Knight in theaters across the USA and Canada. The film's opening day ticket sales generated US$66.4 millions, setting a new record at the US box office. It also set a record with a gross of US$155million in its opening weekend.
  • 19 Jul 2008 Ten Indian soldiers killed in landmine attack by Hizbul Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir
  • 20 Jul 2008 Padraig Harrington, a golfer from Ireland, wins the second consecutive Open Championship (British Open).
  • 21 Jul 2008 The Congress of France (the National Assembly, the Senate, and together the Senate) votes for a bill to make significant changes to the Constitution of France. With a margin of just one vote, this bill is intended to strengthen Parliament while also establishing a limit on the presidential term to two terms and allowing the President the right to address Parliament.
  • 22 Jul 2008 Estelle Getty, Actor (Sophia-The Golden Girls, Golden Palace, Nurses, Blossom, Empty Nest, films Tootsie, Mask, Copacabana, Stop, Or My Mom will Shoot, Stuart Little, Emmy (1988), and Golden Globe (1986). She was born in 1923.
  • 23 Jul 2008 Girija Prasad, the Prime Minister of Nepal, resigns to President Ram Baran Yadav in order to open the door to the formation of a new government.
  • 24 Jul 2008 Ford Motor Company of the USA reports a record quarterly loss of US$8.7 Billion due to slumping SUV and truck operations.
  • 25 Jul 2008 Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic congressman from Ohio, presents the articles to impeach President George W. Bush before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
  • 26 Jul 2008 In 21 bomb explosions, more than 200 people are hurt in Ahmedabad Bombing in India. 56 people were killed.
  • 27 Jul 2008 In a shooting at a Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church, seven people were injured and two others were killed.
  • 28 Jul 2008 Stack's holds an auction before the ANA convention in Baltimore.
  • 29 Jul 2008 Merrill Lynch, a Wall Street brokerage and investment bank Merrill Lynch, reports that it will write down US$5.7 billion in third quarter due to high-risk debt.
  • 30 Jul 2008 Heritage Numismatic Auctions sells an 1944-S steel Lincoln Cent graded MS66 by NGC for US$373,450. This is a record-breaking small cent.
  • 31 Jul 2008 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, acts to end a state budget crisis by firing 22,000 California workers and cutting the salaries of another 200,000.
  • 01 Jul 2008 Riots erupt in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections.
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Music charts

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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - I Kissed A Girl
  2. - Lollipop
  3. - Take A Bow
  4. - Bleeding Loveyoutube
  5. - Forever


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in July 2008?

Killer View by Ridley Pearson

Killer View


Sheriff Walt Fleming's crack search-and-rescue team becomes a target when a Sun Valley skier is reported missing from the mountaintop.

Fleeced by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann



The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestsellers have all gone missing!

Tailspin by Catherine Coulter



Sherlock and Savich, married FBI agents, find the pilot and passenger in a plane that crashed deep within the Appalachian Mountains.

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox


Artemis Fowl is devastated when his mother becomes ill with a serious illness. The brain fluid of the silky Sifaka lemur is the only cure.

The Last Oracle by James Rollins

The Last Oracle


A homeless man in Washington, D.C., is shot and killed by an assassin. An ancient relic, a bloody coin found in the hand of the deceased man--an ancient treasure that can be recovered