What Happened in July 1981

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded)
  • Jul 1 NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen
  • Jul 1 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London
  • Jul 1 Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam
  • Jul 1 Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 88th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 3 NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 95th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jul 4 Clive Rice 105* out of 143 all out, Notts v Hants at Bournemouth
  • Jul 5 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • Jul 5 Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections
  • Jul 5 Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 7 The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel
  • Jul 7 Ben Plucknett of US throws discus 72.34 m, but throw is disqualified
  • Jul 7 Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court
  • Jul 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 8 PM Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • Jul 8 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • Jul 9 Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • Jul 10 CERN achieves 1st proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV)
  • Jul 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 11 Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • Jul 11 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)
  • Jul 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • Jul 16 India performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously
  • Jul 17 "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Jul 17 Humber Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens
  • Jul 17 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • Jul 17 Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured
  • Jul 17 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 17 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta
  • Jul 17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • Jul 18 Part of Hyatt Regency Hotel KC caves in (113 killed)
  • Jul 18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • Jul 19 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George
  • Jul 19 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 20 England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • Jul 20 Irene Saez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
  • Jul 21 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • Jul 22 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome, Italy court to life
  • Jul 23 14th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 24 Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
  • Jul 25 Voyager 2 encounters Saturn
  • Jul 25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.
  • Jul 26 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 26 36th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 26 New York Mayor Ed Koch is given the Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated
  • Jul 29 Iran ex-president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • Jul 29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • Jul 30 Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • Jul 30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London
  • Jul 31 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • Jul 31 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Tadhg Kennelly, Irish-born Australian Rules footballer
  • Jul 2 Angel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Jul 2 Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American youth rights activist
  • Jul 2 Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
  • Jul 4 Francisco Cruceta, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 5 Jesse Crain, Canadian baseball player
  • Jul 5 Ryan Hansen, American actor
  • Jul 6 Nicole Kantek, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 6 Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player
  • Jul 7 Synyster Gates, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Jul 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricketer
  • Jul 8 Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player
  • Jul 9 Kimveer Gill, Canadian spree shooter (Dawson College shooting) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 11 Mary Beth Arnold, Reno Nevada, gymnast (World-bronze-95)
  • Jul 11 Carla Campbell, Jamaican model
  • Jul 11 Andre Johnson, American football player
  • Jul 11 Aaron Proctor, American professional wrestling promoter & politician
  • Jul 12 Adrienne Camp, South African singer/songwriter
  • Jul 14 Lee Mead, English actor
  • Jul 14 Yomi, Japanese vocalist (Nightmare)
  • Jul 15 Alecia Ingram, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 17 Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer
  • Jul 19 Naomi Grabow, lake Arrowhead California, pairs skater (& Benjamin Oberman)
  • Jul 19 Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 19 Didz Hammond, bassist/backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things and The Cooper Temple Clause)
  • Jul 19 Jimmy Gobble, American baseball player
  • Jul 19 David Bernard, West Indian cricketer
  • Jul 20 Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
  • Jul 20 Thorsten Engelmann, German rower
  • Jul 21 Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist
  • Jul 21 Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 21 Titus Bramble, English footballer
  • Jul 21 Chrishell Stause, American actress
  • Jul 21 Blake Lewis, American musician
  • Jul 23 Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
  • Jul 23 Jarkko Nieminen, Finnish tennis player
  • Jul 24 Summer Glau, American actress
  • Jul 25 Conor Casey, American soccer player
  • Jul 25 Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Jul 26 Abe Forsythe, Australian actor/director
  • Jul 27 Susan King Borchardt, American basketball player
  • Jul 27 Collins Obuya, Kenyan cricketer
  • Jul 28 Michael Carrick, English footballer
  • Jul 28 Billy Aaron Brown, American actor
  • Jul 28 Jo In Sung, South Korean actor
  • Jul 29 Jennie Thompson, gymnast (Jr Natl-champ-93, Oly-96), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Jul 29 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula 1 Driver
  • Jul 29 Andrés Madrid, Argentine footballer
  • Jul 29 Troy Perkins, American soccer player
  • Jul 30 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer
  • Jul 30 Juan Smith, South African rugby player
  • Jul 31 Eric Lively, American actor
  • Jul 31 J.Son Dinant, American comedian
  • Jul 31 Ira Losco, Maltese singer
  • Jul 31 Matthew Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jul 27 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, proving to be a national event with massive viewer numbers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 29 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 George Voskovec, actor (Fred-Nero Wolfe, Peter-Skag), dies at 76
  • Jul 1 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 1 Rushton Moreve, American bass player (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • Jul 3 Ross Martin, actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
  • Jul 5 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Keefe Brasselle, actor (Be Our Guest), dies at 58
  • Jul 7 Mildred Lisette Norman a.k.a. Peace Pilgrim, American pacifist and activist
  • Jul 8 Loring Smith, actor (Hartmans), dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Allen Ludden, TV show host (Password), dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Oscar van Hemel, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Wilhelm H C Tenhaeff, para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • Jul 12 Ben Seijes, historian (WW II), dies at 73
  • Jul 16 Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • Jul 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Louis Cheslock, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Ian Martin, actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), dies at 69
  • Jul 26 Donald Lybbert, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • Jul 27 William Wyler, US director (Ben Hur), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Fr. Stanley Rother, Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala (b. 1935)
  • Jul 29 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
  • Jul 31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash