July 1, 2002 A Russian Tupolev Tu-154 airliner and a Boeing 757 operated by DHL collide at 35,000ft over Uberlingen, due to failure of correct communication from ground-to-air. The 69 people aboard the Tupolev (mainly Russian schoolchildren) and the two pilots of the Boeing are all killed.
 July 2, 2002 Nicotine water is ruled illegal by the Food and Drug Administration. Entertainment - Yahoo! Internet Life magazine folds. Medicine - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States will be headed by an infectious disease expert. Technology - A US federal judge decided that Microsoft is not required to reveal its lobbying contacts.
 July 8, 2002 Organization of African Unity disbanded, African Union created.
 July 9, 2002 George W. Bush gives a stern speech addressing American accountancy scandals. Recent celebrity deaths: Rod Steiger, American actor, aged 77.
 July 10, 2002 Michel Brunet, a paleontologist at the University of Poitiers, France, announced in the journal Nature that a 7-million-year-old skull found in the desert of Chad is the earliest hominid fossil ever found. But he was immediately met by a firestorm of criticism from other scientists who claim that it is merely the skull of an ape, possibly a proto-gorilla. The Free Software Initiative of Japan was founded.
 July 11, 2002 A group of Moroccan soldiers set up base on the Perejil Island.
 July 14, 2002 French president Jacques Chirac misses a would-be assassin's bullet during Bastille Day celebrations.
 July 15, 2002 John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban", pled guilty to two charges, and prosecutors dropped the rest. He will be sentenced in October. It was announced on Monday night raw the NwO had officially disbanded
 July 18, 2002 Patents: Forgent Networks has asserted that it owns and will enforce patent rights on the widely used JPEG image compression standard which is used widely on the World Wide Web. The announcement has created a furore remisicent of Unisys' attempts to assert its rights over the GIF image compression standard. Muslim missile engineer Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is elected president of India, to be sworn into office July 25. On the morning Spain launched Operation Romeo-Sierra, a military attempt to take over the Perejil Island. The operation was successful.
 July 22, 2002 A few hours after the spiritual leader of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, offered to halt all suicide attacks in exchange for full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, an Israeli F-16 jet dropped a bomb into a densely populated residential area of Gaza City. Fifteen people were killed, including Salah Shehade (the leader of Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din el-Qasam Brigades), and more than 100 others were wounded. Nine of the dead were children, including Mohammed al-Huwaiti (aged 4), his brother Subhi (aged 3), Ayman Mattar (aged 1) and Dunya Rami Mattar (aged 3 months). The United Nations swiftly condemned the action as a flagrant violation of international law. Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, said it was "one of our biggest successes," though the Prime Minister's office later added, "it is well known he regrets the killing of civilians."  An earthquake (magnitude 4.7) hits parts of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Accounting scandals: WorldCom has filed for bankruptcy protection, in the largest corporate insolvency ever. Harry Potter. The director for the third Harry Potter film has been announced as Mexican-born Alfonso Cuarón. Cuarón will start directing "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" next year. Politics of the Netherlands. A new cabinet is sworn in, with Jan Peter Balkenende replacing Wim Kok as Prime Minister. He heads a coalition of three parties: Christen Democratisch Appèl, Lijst Pim Fortuyn and Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie. One of the state secretaries of the new cabinet resigned a few hours later.
 July 23, 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Chaim Potok, novelist dies of cancer at age 73 40 years ago today, Telstar transmits the first trans-Atlantic television signal.
 July 24, 2002 First near-earth object to be given a positive rating on the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale for potential Earth collision is (89959) 2002 NT7 with a potential impact on February 1, 2019. US Congressman James Traficant was expelled from the House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1. Traficant had been convicted of ten federal counts of corruption. The major Millennium Challenge 2002 wargame run by the United States armed forces begins.
 July 25, 2002 A US proposal to delay adoption of a new United Nations anti-torture pact was defeated 15-29, after which the pact was adopted by the Economic and Social Council. The US cited concerns that, if adopted by the General Assembly, American state prisons and other facilities may become subject to inspection. Open source: Streaming media company RealNetworks has announced that it will support the free software Ogg Vorbis audio compression technology as part of its new open-source initiative. This will provide a mass market for the Vorbis technology, allowing it access to network effects which may make it a serious competitor to Microsoft's closed technologies.
 July 27, 2002 Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter plane crashes into a crowd at an airshow in Lviv in Ukraine, killing at least 78 people and injuring many more. A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Christian districts of the city of Ambon in Indonesia in what appears to be a continuation of violence between Christian and Muslim inhabitants. Over the past 5 years more than 5000 people have been killed in this conflict. Nine American miners have been rescued from a mine in Pennsylvania, after frantic drilling by rescuers. The Homeland Security Bill passes the United States House of Representatives, in a form that appears to kill Operation TIPS.
 July 28, 2002 Cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.
 July 29, 2002 England beats India in the first cricket Test match of the series.
 July 30, 2002 Pope John Paul II canonizes Pedro de San Jose Betancur. Greek electronic game ban: The bill 3037/2002, a controversial attempt to fight illegal gambling, is declared a law in Greece. 2002 Glasgow floods
 July 31, 2002 The Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate begins hearings on the proposed invasion of Iraq The stock market continues its recovery from the Stock market downturn of 2002 In Mexico Pope John Paul II canonizes St. Juan Diego, an Indian who had a vision of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe.