What Happened in July 1997

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson for biting Holyfield

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jul 1 STS 94 (Columbia 23) launches into orbit
  • Jul 1 Britain hands Hong Kong and the New Territories - ceded in 1841 - to the People's Republic of China.
  • Jul 3 Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
  • Jul 4 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
  • Jul 5 104th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotna
  • Jul 5 NY Yanks withdraw Kenny Rogers & Mariano Duncon deal for SD Padre
  • Jul 6 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 111th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats C Pioline (64 62 64)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Montreal Expos retire Andre Dawson's uniform #10

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 7 Tiger Woods wins golf's Western Open

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 7 Tower Minn temps dip to 24°F
  • Jul 8 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
  • Jul 8 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • Jul 9 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • Jul 9 Mike Tyson is banned from boxing for biting Evander Holyfield's ear
  • Jul 10 Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a NY Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3
  • Jul 10 Louise Woodward's trial begins in Mass, Nanny murder trial
  • Jul 10 RJR Nabisco announces it will replace Joe Camel in new ads
  • Jul 10 Spain, Partido Popular member Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests.
  • Jul 12 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit
  • Jul 12 Pirates Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Astros 3-0 in 10 inn
  • Jul 13 15th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Larry Gilbert
  • Jul 13 52nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Alison Nicholas
  • Jul 13 David Toms wins Quad City Golf Classic at 265
  • Jul 13 Ford Senior Players Golf Championship
  • Jul 13 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77
  • Jul 14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • Jul 15 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6M (later reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker
  • Jul 17 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • Jul 17 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 20 126th British Golf Open: American Justin Leonard shoots a 272 to win at Royal Troon
  • Jul 20 Michele Redman wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Classic
  • Jul 21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
  • Jul 21 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
  • Jul 22 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
  • Jul 22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.

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Jul 22 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Jul 22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • Jul 23 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin & Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
  • Jul 23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • Jul 25 Carroll O'Connor found not guilty of slandering Harry Perzigian
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • Jul 25 QB Brett Favre, re-signs with Green Bay Packers for $50M for 7 yrs
  • Jul 25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
  • Jul 25 Vincent "The Chin" Gigante found guilty of racketeering in NYC
  • Jul 25 K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called "untouchable"— to hold this office.
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Jul 27 "Candide" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Jul 27 "Victor/Victoria" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 738 performances
  • Jul 27 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16
  • Jul 27 Stewart Cink wins golfs Greater Hartford Open (267)
  • Jul 27 Tammie Green wins Giant Eagle LPGA Classic
  • Jul 27 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
  • Jul 27 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jul 28 Peter Graf, father of Steffi, enters German jail for tax evasion
  • Jul 28 Guatemala becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Jul 30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • Jul 30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia.

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Jul 31 A's trade Mark McGwire to St Louis Cardinals

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • Jul 20 Billi Bruno, American actress
  • Jul 22 Field Cate, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 4 "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (34) weds model-actress Nikki Schieler (26) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Actor Bill Murray (46) weds costume designer Jennifer Butler (30)

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 26 Director James Cameron (42) weds actress Linda Hamilton (40) in Malibu, California

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Jul 28 Two-time Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton (38) weds documentary director Timothy Delarm (35) in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • Jul 1 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War), dies at 79

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Jul 2 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89

  • Jul 4 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • Jul 5 Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, sportscaster (Bkln/LA Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 8 Charles Drake, geologist, dies of heart attack at 92
  • Jul 13 Alexandra Danilova, ballet great, dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (b. 1968)
  • Jul 15 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70

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Jul 15 Gianni Versace, fashion designer, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan at 50

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Jul 18 Eugene Shoemaker, astronomer (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • Jul 23 Andrew Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versage), commits suicide
  • Jul 23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
  • Jul 24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • Jul 24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, British Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Jul 25 Dora Maar, Picasso model/companion, dies at 89
  • Jul 25 Margaret Farrer, midwife, dies at 83
  • Jul 27 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • Jul 27 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Louis Cohen, physicist, dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Seni Pramoj, PM of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies
  • Jul 30 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85
  • Jul 31 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian, dies at 63