What Happened in July 1998

Historical Events

  • 2nd "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the 2nd book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Sport awardTennis Open

4th 105th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat (6-4 7-6)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardTennis Open

5th 112th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 6th Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
  • 7th 69th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-8 at Coors Field, Denver
  • 10th Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
  • 12th FIFA World Cup: France beats Brazil 3-0 for football's 16th World Cup in Saint-Denis (France's 1st title)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

12th Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 14th Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party

Event of interestEvent of Interest

17th Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

  • 19th 127th British Golf Open: Mark O'Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale
  • 20th Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
  • 24th Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • 26th 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Hale Irwin

Famous Birthdays

  • 8th Jaden Smith, American actor
  • 17th Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
  • 22nd Madison Pettis, American actress
  • 24th Bindi Irwin, Australian entertainer; daughter of Steve Irwin

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1st Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

HeartWedding of Interest

12th "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

HeartWedding of Interest

18th Nelson Mandela marries 3rd wife Graça Machel on his 80th birthday

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Famous Deaths

  • 3rd Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • 5th Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 6th Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 7th Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • 12th Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • 12th Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • 14th Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • 16th John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • 19th Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 20th June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • 21st Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 21st Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best), dies at 91
  • 22nd Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 23rd John Hopkins, English TV, Film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 25th Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
  • 27th Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • 28th Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • 29th Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 30th Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)