Historical Events in July 1988

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 2nd 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
  • 3rd 16th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sally Little
  • 3rd A's Gene Nelson is 1st AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973
  • 3rd US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290
  • 3rd 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

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

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

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

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

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

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

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9th 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
  • 10th Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

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11th Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

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

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14th 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
  • 14th WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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31st Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan

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