What Happened in July 1979

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 86th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
  • Jul 7 93rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats R Tanner (67 61 36 63 64)
  • Jul 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 8 Congo adopts constitution
  • Jul 8 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles
  • Jul 8 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)
  • Jul 9 Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jul 9 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter
  • Jul 9 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion
  • Jul 11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia & disintegrates
  • Jul 12 Ian Palce joins Whitesnake
  • Jul 12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild & causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan & Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 George Harrison releases "Faster"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 15 34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz
  • Jul 15 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jul 17 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston
  • Jul 17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • Jul 17 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 17 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • Jul 18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • Jul 18 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill
  • Jul 19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • Jul 19 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle
  • Jul 19 Patricia Harris, becomes sect of HEW
  • Jul 20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Wash

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 21 108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jul 21 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated
  • Jul 22 Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jul 25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • Jul 26 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, TX (national record)
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 28 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • Jul 28 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 29 7th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Amy Alcott
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist
  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
  • Jul 2 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jul 3 Lauren Alviti, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 3 Ludivine Sagnier, French actress
  • Jul 3 David Bacani, American baseball player
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jul 5 Shane Filan, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player
  • Jul 6 Nicolas Daniel Maricio, Prince of Netherlands
  • Jul 6 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 6 Kevin Hart, American comedian ("Laugh at My Pain"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • Jul 7 America Martin, model (Not macaroni & cheese, cheese & macaroni)
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver
  • Jul 9 Ella Koon, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Jul 9 Suzanne Stokes American model, (Playmate of the Month February 2000)
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • Jul 12 Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player
  • Jul 13 Craig Bellamy, Welsh footballer
  • Jul 14 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 14 Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
  • Jul 15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • Jul 15 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • Jul 16 Jayma Mays, American actress
  • Jul 16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player
  • Jul 17 Mike Vogel, American actor (Under the Dome), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Julie Gulbrandsen, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 18 Rick Baxter, American politician
  • Jul 18 Jared Hess, American film director and screenwriter
  • Jul 18 Deion Branch, American football player
  • Jul 18 Joey Mercury, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 18 Jermaine Paul, American musician
  • Jul 19 Luke Young, English footballer
  • Jul 19 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • Jul 19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Jul 20 Claudine Barretto, Filipino actress
  • Jul 20 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • Jul 20 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • Jul 21 David Carr, American football player
  • Jul 21 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
  • Jul 22 Lucas Luhr, German racing driver
  • Jul 22 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • Jul 22 James Mason, British professional wrestler
  • Jul 23 Ricardo Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 23 Richard Sims, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Jul 24 Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 24 Rose Byrne, Australian actress
  • Jul 24 Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
  • Jul 24 Stat Quo, American rapper
  • Jul 24 Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
  • Jul 24 José Valverde, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Amy Adams, American singer
  • Jul 25 Allister Carter, English professional snooker player
  • Jul 26 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 26 Mageina Tovah, American actress
  • Jul 26 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player
  • Jul 27 Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer
  • Jul 27 Shannon Moore, American wrestler
  • Jul 28 Kimberly Whiting, Miss Idaho Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 28 Henrik Hansen, Danish footballer
  • Jul 28 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Jul 28 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer
  • Jul 29 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • Jul 29 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • Jul 30 Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish golfer
  • Jul 30 Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican basketball player
  • Jul 31 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • Jul 31 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 31 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • Jul 31 B. J. Novak, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 8 Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Richard Ward, actor (Beacon Hill), dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 4 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 5 Elizabeth Ryan, tennis ace (won 19 Wimbledon titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, actor/singer (Papa-Mama), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, singer/songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle), dies at 35
  • Jul 7 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 8 Michael Wilding, actor (Waterloo, Zarakm Naked Edge), dies
  • Jul 8 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jul 8 Robert B. Woodward, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 9 Betty Evans Grayson, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • Jul 9 Janardhan Gnanoba Navle, cricketer (2 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Claude Wagner, French Canadian judge and politician (b. 1925)
  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 13 Corine Griffith, dies at 84
  • Jul 14 George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
  • Jul 15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • Jul 16 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 17 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American boxer/actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, rocker (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 24 Archie Duncan, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Ettore Manni, actor (Street People, Divine Nymph), dies at 52
  • Jul 27 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Herbert Marcuse, philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien), dies at 67
  • Jul 31 Beatrix Lehmann, actress (Psyche '59, Rat, Staircase), dies at 76