1. World Cup Comes to an End
It all comes down to this! After a month of soccer –- hailed as the best World Cup yet -– the competition reaches its climax on Sunday as Germany takes on Argentina in Rio’s Maracanã stadium. The two teams met in South Africa four years ago -– when Germany beat La Albicelestes 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Both teams have lifted the trophy before -– Germany 3 times, Argentina twice. And while Die Nationalmannschaft start as the favorites, much will depend on the two star players: Germany’s Thomas Müller and Lionel Messi of Argentina. One will likely win the competition’s golden boot for the most goals –- Müller is currently the competition’s second leading goal scorer, with five, while Messi –- probably the most gifted player in the world –- has scored half Argentina’s eight goals. The two popes -– Francis and Benedict -– will be cheering for opposite sides. But the Vatican says they won’t be hosting a joint watch party in Rome. Kick-off 3 p.m. ET on ABC!
2. Bastille Day
Monday marks Bastille Day in France. La Fête Nationale commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Since 1918 on every Bastille Day, the Champs-Élysées has hosted the largest military parade in Europe –- the President of La République taking the salute. Last year, First Lady Valérie Trierweiler watched from the front row of the stand, and was pictured with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. But this year, there’ll be no first lady watching. Trierweiler was dramatically dumped by François Hollande in January. And it’s not just France that marks Bastille Day. More than 50 cities across the United States will go all French for the day to join in La Fête. And if you think the fireworks here on the Fourth of July were spectacular, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
3. Malala Day
Saturday is Malala Day –- a day the Taliban in Pakistan never wanted to see -– a day Malala Yousafzai turns another year older and completes another year of school. Last year on her birthday, Malala stood before the United Nations and spoke up for girls’ rights. One year later, she will travel to Africa to show that the world is stronger than the enemies of education.
“They thought that bullets would silence us, but they failed,” she said. Of the more than 110 million children not in school around the world, 60 percent are girls. By age 18, girls have received an average of 4.4 years less education than boys. Charities around the world will use Malala’s birthday to raise awareness and help girls realize their right to an education.
“My birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices for those under oppression, to show our own power and that courage is stronger than their campaign of fear," Malala said.