What Happened in July 1989

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 NFL owners vote unanimously to form WLAF
  • Jul 1 Yanks beat Milwaukee Brewers 4-1, score is changed to 5-1 after game is over. Umpire rules Roberto Kelly scored before a double-play
  • Jul 2 10th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Orville Moody
  • Jul 2 17th du Maurier Golf Classic: Tammie Green
  • Jul 3 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3k steeplechase rec (8:05.39) in Stockholm
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules states do not have to provide funds for abortions
  • Jul 3 The movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

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Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

  • Jul 4 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)
  • Jul 4 Red's Tom Browning is 3 outs away from his 2nd career perfect game when Phillie Dickie Thon doubles
  • Jul 5 Barry Bond's HR sets father-son (Bobby) HR record at 408

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Jul 5 Mark McGwire's gets 100th HR, 2nd fastest (1400 at bats) (to Kiner)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

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Jul 5 Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage & knocks himself out

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

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Jul 5 South African President PW Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jul 5 Toronto Blue Jays are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East

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Jul 6 Despite retiring May 29, Mike Schmidt is chosen to start in the All Star game

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Jul 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • Jul 8 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina
  • Jul 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 9 103rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats Stefan Edberg (6-0 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 9 96th Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova (6-2 6-7 6-1)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jul 9 Penny Hammel wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Jul 9 Two bombs explode in Mecca, killing one pilgrim and wounding 16 others.
  • Jul 10 Paula Ivan runs female world record 1 mile (4:15.61)
  • Jul 11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)
  • Jul 11 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts All Star Game
  • Jul 12 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 16 44th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Jul 16 South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid
  • Jul 17 1st Test flight of US stealth-bomber

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Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases "This One"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 17 Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances
  • Jul 18 48 cm rainfall at Rockport, West Virginia (state record)

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Jul 19 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • Jul 19 United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112
  • Jul 20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona

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Jul 20 Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Jul 20 Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's show opens at Washington, D.C.'s Project for the Arts after the Smithsonian Institution's Corcoran Gallery cancels it.
  • Jul 21 Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 21 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jul 22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jul 23 118th British Golf Open: Mark Calcavecchia shoots a 275 at Royal Troon
  • Jul 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • Jul 23 Winds gust to 85 MPH at Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Jul 23 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 24 Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • Jul 25 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 27 Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy is 10th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (6th)
  • Jul 28 Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
  • Jul 28 Cards' Vince Coleman is caught stealing ends record streak at 50
  • Jul 28 NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
  • Jul 29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • Jul 29 Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32
  • Jul 29 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases
  • Jul 29 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
  • Jul 30 Chile amends its constitution
  • Jul 30 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
  • Jul 31 Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Mitch Hewer, English actor
  • Jul 1 Hannah Murray, English actress
  • Jul 5 Joseph King, American musician (Canvas)
  • Jul 7 Giannoulis Fakinos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 10 Sameer Gadhia, American musician (Young the Giant)
  • Jul 11 David Henrie, American actor
  • Jul 13 Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Jul 14 Sean Flynn-Amir, American actor
  • Jul 15 Tristan Wilds, American actor
  • Jul 16 Gareth Bale, Welsh footballer
  • Jul 17 Marko Todorović, Swiss swimmer
  • Jul 17 Josie Lopez, American actress
  • Jul 20 Witwisit Hirunwongkul, Thai actor
  • Jul 21 Chris Gunter, Welsh footballer
  • Jul 21 Jamie Waylett, British actor
  • Jul 21 Rory Culkin, American actor
  • Jul 22 Caroline Giuliani, daughter of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994- ), born in NYC, New York

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Jul 23 Daniel Radcliffe, English actor (Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series of movies), born in London, England

  • Jul 25 Noel Callahan, Canadian actor
  • Jul 27 Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress
  • Jul 31 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player, born in Minsk

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 8 Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (33) weds actress Robin Dearden (35)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
  • Jul 2 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 3 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet diplomat, dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • Jul 3 Jim Backus, actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 6 Janos Kádár, premier of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Mel Blanc, cartoon voice (Warner Bros cartoons), dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English comic (Bitter Springs), dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82
  • Jul 13 Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered
  • Jul 13 Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, Cubans general, executed
  • Jul 14 Frank Bell, British educator (b. 1916)
  • Jul 15 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • Jul 18 Donnie Moore, pitcher (Angels), shoots himself at 35
  • Jul 18 Rebecca Schaeffer, actress (My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21
  • Jul 19 Carl-Heinz Schroth, dir/actor (Strafverteidiger), dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (b. 1913)
  • Jul 20 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • Jul 20 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
  • Jul 23 Donald Barthelme, American author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 24 Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • Jul 25 Steve Rubell, American night club owner (b. 1943)
  • Jul 28 Jeff Richards, actor (Don't Go Near the Water), dies at 66
  • Jul 30 Lane Frost, American bull rider (b. 1963)