What Happened in July 1987

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Bork nominated to Supreme Court, rejected in Oct by senate
  • Jul 1 NYC radio station WFAN-AM becomes 1st 24 hour all sports radio
  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • Jul 2 Jim Eisenreich's comeback after nervous disorder in 1984
  • Jul 2 Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
  • Jul 3 2 men became 1st hot-air balloon travelers to cross Atlantic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 NY Met Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates Wally Backman & Lee Mazzilli for criticizing his play

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 94th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (7-5 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jul 4 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission
  • Jul 4 Imran Khan takes 300th Test Cricket wicket, only Pakistani to do so
  • Jul 4 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life in France

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 101st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash beats Ivan Lendl (7-6 6-2 7-5)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 5 As' Mark McGwire is 1st rookie to hit 30 home runs before All Star break

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Jul 5 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Jul 6 1st of 3 massacres by Sikh extremists takes place in India
  • Jul 6 Pakistan score their 1st innings win over England, at Leeds
  • Jul 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Alan & Colin Wells make 303* partnership for Sussex v Kent
  • Jul 7 Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women
  • Jul 7 Lt Col Oliver North began public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing
  • Jul 7 Yanks trailing by 7 score 7 in 7th on 7/7 & 5 in 8th-Beat Twins 12-7
  • Jul 8 Kitty Dukakis, revealed addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • Jul 9 1 million South Koreans demonstrate against Chun Doo Hwan regime
  • Jul 9 Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
  • Jul 11 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • Jul 11 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
  • Jul 12 15th du Maurier Golf Classic: Jody Rosenthal
  • Jul 12 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • Jul 12 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 8th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Jul 12 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Bette Midler
  • Jul 14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Jul 14 Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million
  • Jul 14 Lt Col Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jul 14 Steve Miller's star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jul 14 Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law
  • Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence
  • Jul 15 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • Jul 15 State of siege ends in Taiwan
  • Jul 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 16 Said Aouita runs world record 2000m (4:50.81)
  • Jul 16 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)
  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo
  • Jul 17 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)
  • Jul 17 Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)
  • Jul 17 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • Jul 17 Iran & France breaks diplomatic relations
  • Jul 18 Molly Yard elected new President of National Organization for Women
  • Jul 18 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 19 116th British Golf Open: Nick Faldo shoots a 279 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Jul 19 Don Mattingly sets AL record of extra base hits in 10 cons games
  • Jul 19 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 20 Don Mattingly ties 1st base fielding record with 22 put-outs
  • Jul 21 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 22 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 5k record (12:58.39) in Rome
  • Jul 22 Soyuz TM-3 launched with 3 cosmonauts (1 Syrian)
  • Jul 22 US began escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • Jul 23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Jul 23 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
  • Jul 23 Said Aouita of Morocco runs world record 5,000 m (12:58.39)
  • Jul 24 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
  • Jul 24 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 25 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt
  • Jul 25 USSR launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite
  • Jul 26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams & Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland
  • Jul 27 John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi "Ivan the Terrible", testifies in Israel
  • Jul 27 Salt Lake City Trappers lose 7-5 to Billings Mustangs, ending their professional-record winning streak at 29 consecutive
  • Jul 27 First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreck begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 28 42nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Jul 28 Angel Cordero Jr becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races
  • Jul 29 Ben & Jerry's & Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor Cherry Garcia
  • Jul 30 An ANC car bomb directed at the headquarters of the Wits Command in Johannesburg South Africa kills 1 person and injures 68
  • Jul 31 Battle between Iranian pilgrims & Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
  • Jul 31 Guns & Roses song "Appetite for Destruction" is released

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 31 Oriole Eddie Murray hits his 299th & 300th career home runs

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Jul 31 Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle
  • Jul 31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)
  • Jul 3 Sebastian Vettel, German racing driver
  • Jul 6 Caroline Trentini, Brazilian model
  • Jul 6 Kate Nash, English singer/songwriter
  • Jul 6 Matt O'Leary, American actor
  • Jul 7 Lena Ma, Miss World Canada 4th runner-up
  • Jul 8 Vlada Roslyakova, Russian model
  • Jul 11 Matej Gaspar, Yugoslavia, 5,000,000,000th person (UN)
  • Jul 11 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)
  • Jul 14 Adam Johnson, English footballer (Sunderland), born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • Jul 17 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player
  • Jul 17 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver
  • Jul 17 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer
  • Jul 20 Brent Wilson, former bassist for Panic At The Disco
  • Jul 20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • Jul 21 AnnaLynne McCord, American actress
  • Jul 24 Mara Wilson, actress (Mrs Doubtfire)
  • Jul 25 Michael Welch, American actor
  • Jul 26 Miriam McDonald, Canadian actress
  • Jul 29 Sabra Johnson, American dancer
  • Jul 31 Michael Bradley, American soccer player
  • Jul 31 Brittany Byrnes, Australian Actress

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 7 "The Bold and the Beautiful" actress Hunter Tylo (25) weds actor Michael Tylo (38)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 14 Actor Michael Biehn (30) divorces actress Carlene Olson (32) after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 3 Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • Jul 10 John Hammond, Jazz reviewer (Melody Maker), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 15 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 66
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer/composer (Our Don Bradman), dies
  • Jul 17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, Secretary of Commerce, dies of internal injuries
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark Draper, American Scientist and Engineer (Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology), dies at 85
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, US composer (I've a Right to Cry), dies at 71
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 83
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Jul 30 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies