Launch of Mediterranean Union
July 13: French President Nicolas Sarkozy's dream of a Mediterranean Union may be determined on the opening day of a Paris Summit of leaders from European, North African, and Middle Eastern nations. Some European leaders have shown reluctance to participate, saying Sarkozy's plan would weaken the existing European Union. One highlight of the summit could be proposed peace talks between Israel and Syria mediated by Turkey.
The 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
July 15: This year's Midsummer Classic will serve as a curtain call of sorts for New York's Yankee Stadium. The House That Ruth Built will host its final Yankees game in 2008 as the team prepares to settle into the new Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium hosted its first All-Star Game in 1939.
Lambeth Conference opens
July 16: The Anglican Communion's 14th Lambeth Conference could become its most controversial when Episcopal and Anglican leaders touch down in Canterbury. For his part, Archbishop Rowan Williams has tried to downplay controversial topics by sidelining a liberal resolution on human sexuality. Still, it should do little to satisfy conservatives in the communion coming out of a June conference in Jerusalem with redoubled solidarity.
Nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards
July 17: Months after a writers strike that watered down the primetime lineup, the Academy of Television, Art and Sciences will announce its nominations for the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards. With nominees settled on July 17, television fans will have to wait until Sept.21 for the awards show.
Louise Brown's 30th birthday
July 25: It wasn't Louise Brown's birth that was spectacular. It was her conception. Brown became the first "test-tube" baby born as doctors experimented with in vitro fertilization. The procedure allowed for infertile mothers to bear natural children but raised ethical concerns as well. Today, Brown is a postal worker-and mother-in Bristol, England.