What Happened in July 1988

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 95th Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova (5-7 6-2 6-1)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jul 2 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 3 16th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sally Little
  • Jul 3 A's Gene Nelson is 1st AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973
  • Jul 3 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290
  • Jul 3 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 102nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker (46 76 64 62)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jul 4 KC releases pitcher Dan Quisenberry, whose 238 saves are the 4th most
  • Jul 4 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
  • Jul 5 Malcolm Marshall takes 7-22 at Old Trafford, England all out 93
  • Jul 6 Carlos Salinas de Gortari elected president of Mexico
  • Jul 6 North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • Jul 6 Wrestler Jake Roberts convicted of battery
  • Jul 7 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • Jul 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 7 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act
  • Jul 8 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)
  • Jul 8 Miami Arena, opens in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

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Jul 8 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Jul 9 Chris Speier hits for the cycle & Ernest Riles hits 10,000th Giant HR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

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Jul 9 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jul 10 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

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Jul 11 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jul 12 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 12 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg's had an affair with her
  • Jul 12 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
  • Jul 13 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan
  • Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit concert
  • Jul 14 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak

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Jul 14 Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 14 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 15 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

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Jul 16 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 16 Florence Joyner runs 100 m in women's world record 10.49 seconds
  • Jul 16 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's heptathlete record of 7,215 pts
  • Jul 16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • Jul 16 Wayne Gretzky (NHL) & Janet Jones (Police Acad 5) wed in Edmonton

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 17 117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jul 17 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Jul 17 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 17 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Jul 17 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)
  • Jul 18 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on City of Poros cruise ship
  • Jul 18 Shooting begins on "License to Kill"
  • Jul 20 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
  • Jul 21 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)
  • Jul 21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • Jul 22 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research
  • Jul 23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton
  • Jul 24 43rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Liselotte Neumann
  • Jul 24 US & Jamacia play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Jul 24 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain
  • Jul 25 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • Jul 27 Boston's worst traffic jam in 30 years
  • Jul 27 General Sein Lwin succeeds Ne Win as President of Burma
  • Jul 27 Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer
  • Jul 27 Baseball star Tommy John commits rec 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3
  • Jul 28 IBM announces price hike on older models
  • Jul 28 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for 1st visit in 21 years
  • Jul 28 Jordan cancels $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank
  • Jul 28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • Jul 29 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion
  • Jul 29 Gorbachev pushes plan electing president & parliament in March, 1989
  • Jul 29 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit
  • Jul 29 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • Jul 29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson & Curt Schilling
  • Jul 29 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in 1 month
  • Jul 30 Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • Jul 30 John Franco saves record 13th game of July
  • Jul 30 Jordanian King Hussein renounces sovereignity over West Bank to PLO
  • Jul 30 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's House of Representatives
  • Jul 30 Ronald J Dossenbach begins world record ride, pedaling across Canada from Vancouver BC, to Halifax, NS (13 days, 15 hr, 4 min)
  • Jul 31 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • Jul 31 Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 HRs in 1st 3 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Jul 31 Miami Dolphins beat SF 49ers 27-21 in London
  • Jul 31 Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Jul 31 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Evan Ellingson, American actor
  • Jul 7 Kaci Brown, American singer
  • Jul 12 Melissa O'Neil, Canadian singer
  • Jul 12 Inbee Park, South Korean golfer
  • Jul 13 Steven R. McQueen, American Actor
  • Jul 14 James Vaughan, English footballer
  • Jul 17 Summer Bishil, American actress
  • Jul 18 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 20 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer
  • Jul 21 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer
  • Jul 23 Pippa Bennett-Warner, English actress
  • Jul 24 Luke Mitchell, Scottish murderer
  • Jul 25 Heather Marks, Canadian model
  • Jul 25 Anthony Stokes, Irish footballer
  • Jul 27 Adam Biddle, Australian footballer
  • Jul 28 Ayla Brown, American singer
  • Jul 28 Casper Johansen, Danish footballer

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 9 "Facts of Life," Lisa Whelchel weds Steve Cauble

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 16 "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jul 30 James Ogilvy (under Engl princess Alexandra) marries Julia Rawlinson

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 25 Heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (43) divorces politician John Kerry (44) after 18 years of marriage

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
  • Jul 3 Gabriel Dell, actor (Dead End Kids), dies of leukemia at 68
  • Jul 4 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • Jul 7 Jimmy Edwards, actor (Plank, Bottoms Up, Late Mr H), dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (b. 1905)
  • Jul 9 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • Jul 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Jul 10 Errol John, playwright, dies at 63
  • Jul 11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer, dies at 79 of palsy
  • Jul 12 Raymond W Goldsmith, US economist, dies at 83
  • Jul 13 Huub Bals, Dutch film promotor, dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104
  • Jul 15 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats), dies at 82
  • Jul 17 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • Jul 18 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • Jul 22 Duane Jones, dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 51
  • Jul 22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Jahangir Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for India 1932-36), dies
  • Jul 26 Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani scholar (b. 1919)
  • Jul 27 Judith Barsi, child actress, shot dead with mother by her father at 11
  • Jul 27 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • Jul 29 Ellin Berlin, [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • Jul 29 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55
  • Jul 31 Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38