What Happened in July 1920

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Wash Senator Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Jul 1 55th British Golf Open: George Duncan shoots a 303 at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
  • Jul 1 Sir Herbert Samuel takes over as high commissioner over Palestine, where Arab resistance to the British mandate continues
  • Jul 3 40th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Patterson (2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4)
  • Jul 3 Java Technical School Bandung opens
  • Jul 3 Royal Air Force holds an air display at Hendon, England
  • Jul 3 33rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers (6-3 6-0)
  • Jul 4 The provisional government of Siberia's Maritime Province agrees to hand over parts of the strategic oil- and coal-rich Sakhalin Islands to Japan
  • Jul 6 Yankees score 14 in 5th inning & beat Washington Senators, 17-0
  • Jul 10 Tris Speaker is stopped at 11 consecutive hits by Tom Zachary
  • Jul 11 East and West Prussia vote in a plebiscite to become part of Germany, though a slice of West Prussia will be handed to Poland to provide a 'Polish Corridor'
  • Jul 12 Lithuania & USSR sign peace treaty, Lithuania becomes independent republic
  • Jul 15 Ruth ties his record of 29 HRs in a season
  • Jul 16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • Jul 16 China joins the League of Nations
  • Jul 16 Gen Amos Fries appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief
  • Jul 16 Ruth sets season home run record with 30 en route to 54
  • Jul 20 Heerenveen soccer team forms
  • Jul 21 Irish Nationalist and Loyalists engage in street fighting over the issue of Irish independence from Britain, though Loyalist are reinforced by 1500 British Auxiliaries and 5800 British troops
  • Jul 23 British East Africa renamed Kenya & becomes a British crown colony
  • Jul 25 Red Sox turn triple-play, but Ruth's 35th HR leads Yanks to 8-2 win
  • Jul 27 Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
  • Jul 27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • Jul 27 14th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • Jul 29 1st transcontinental airmail flight from NY to SF
  • Jul 29 Mexican rebel Pancho Villa surrenders
  • Jul 29 Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Harold Sakata, American actor (d. 1982)
  • Jul 2 Eliseo Diego, latin American poet
  • Jul 3 John Ayers Lessard, composer
  • Jul 3 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door, Got a Secret), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 4 Leona Helmsley, (wife of Harry), real estate billionaire/tax cheat
  • Jul 4 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee
  • Jul 5 Issachar Miron, composer
  • Jul 5 Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist
  • Jul 6 William Worthington, horse trainer
  • Jul 8 Dolph Sweet, actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 8 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish industrialist (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • Jul 10 David Brinkley, NBC news anchor (Huntley-Brinkley), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Jul 10 Owen Chamberlain, physicist/co-discoverer (antiproton, Nobel-1959)
  • Jul 11 Yul Brynner, Russian-born actor (d. 1985)
  • Jul 12 Keith Andes, Ocean City NJ, actor (Farmer's Daughter, Away All Boats)
  • Jul 12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jul 12 Beah Richards, American actress (d. 2000)
  • Jul 12 HonorĂ© Desmond Sharrer, West Point New York, American artist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Pierre Berton, Canadian author (War of 1812), born in Whitehorse, Yukon (d. 2004)

  • Jul 13 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher
  • Jul 13 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jul 15 Eldon Rudd, (Rep-R-AZ, 1977- )
  • Jul 15 Ruthven Wade, British Air Chief marshal
  • Jul 16 Anwar Hussain, cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53)
  • Jul 17 Bill Monroe, newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 17 Helen Walker, Worcester MA, actress (Brewster's Million)
  • Jul 17 Juan Antonio Samaranch, chairman (International Olympic Committee)
  • Jul 17 Rudolf Karpati, Hungary, sabres (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • Jul 17 Gordon Gould, American physicist, inventor of the laser, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • Jul 18 Dolph Sweet, actor (Gil McGowan-Another World)
  • Jul 18 Eric Brandon, British racing driver (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Robert Christiani, cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests)
  • Jul 19 Robert Mann, Portland Oregon, composer/violinist (String Quartet 1952)
  • Jul 20 Elliot L Richardson, Attorney General (1973)/Sec of Defense (1973)
  • Jul 20 Jack Harman, British general
  • Jul 20 Jeffrey Petersen, British diplomat
  • Jul 20 Lev Aronin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1950)
  • Jul 21 Constantly, [A Nieuwenhuys], painter (Uprising of Homo Ludens)
  • Jul 21 Isaac Stern, Kreminiecz Russia, violinist (debut SF Symph)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Valls Gorina, composer
  • Jul 22 Hugh Dundas, fighter pilot/businessman
  • Jul 22 Malcolm Hughes, British artist, born in Manchester
  • Jul 23 Marcel Maeyer, [de Maeyer], Belgian sculptor/graphic artist
  • Jul 23 Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 24 Alexander H Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 24 Bella Abzug, (Rep-D-NY, 1970-74)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, born in London (d. 1958)

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • Jul 26 Bob Waterfield, NFL QB (Rams)
  • Jul 27 Beatrice Pearson, Dennison Texas, actress (Moving Finger)
  • Jul 27 James Munn, commissioner (British University)
  • Jul 29 Rodolfo Acosta, Chihuahua Mexico, actor (Passion, Littlest Outlaw)
  • Jul 29 Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
  • Jul 31 Rudolf Halaczinsky, composer
  • Jul 31 James Esdras Faust, American religious leader (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 3 Film director John Ford (26) weds Mary Smith (25)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop (27) weds Anna Elisabeth Henkell

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
  • Jul 5 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
  • Jul 5 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor, dies at 63
  • Jul 10 Eugenie M de Montijo y de Guzman, Emperor of France, dies at 94
  • Jul 10 John A "Jacky" Kilverston, adm/designer (dreadnought), dies at 79
  • Jul 10 Jackie Fisher, British admiral (b. 1841)
  • Jul 22 William Kissam Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1849)
  • Jul 23 Conrad Kohrs, German-born rancher (b. 1835)
  • Jul 26 Carlos Troyer, composer, dies at 83