On This Day

What Happened in July 1971

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 North Carolina becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, ratifying 26th amendment
  • Jul 1 Britain and Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • Jul 1 Debt raised to build San Franisco's Golden Gate Bridge paid off
  • Jul 1 State of Washington becomes 1st state to ban sex discrimination
  • Jul 1 Twenty-sixth Amendment, which lowers the voting age from 21 to 18, is ratified and becomes part of the United States Constitution
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Court 6-4, 6-1 for the first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe of Australia beats American Stan Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his third and final Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 4 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 5 26th amendment to the US constitution certified (reduces voting age to 18)
  • Jul 5 Simon Gray's "Butley" premieres in London
  • Jul 6 Barend Biesheuvel government forms in Netherlands
  • Jul 6 Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda sworn in as President for Life of Malawi
  • Jul 6 White House Plumbers unit formed to plug news leaks
  • Jul 6 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) is killed in a premature explosion in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland

Hall of Fame

Jul 7 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum

  • Jul 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 8 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; riots erupt, the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraw from Stormont in protest

Historic Event

Jul 9 Henry Kissinger visits the People's Republic of China to negotiate a detente between the US and China

  • Jul 10 100th British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale: Lee Trevino wins the first of his consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan
  • Jul 10 Failed assassination attempt on King Hassan II of Morocco, 101 killed

Historic Event

Jul 10 National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) founded in US by women including Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Gloria Steinem

  • Jul 11 Chilean parliament nationalizes American copper mines
  • Jul 11 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
  • Jul 11 The Irish Republican Army set off a number of bombs in the centre of Belfast injuring a number of people
  • Jul 12 Juan Corona, indicted for 25 murders

Sports History

Jul 13 42nd MLB All Star Game, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI: AL beats NL, 6-4; MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, OF

Historic Event

Jul 15 US President Richard Nixon announces he will visit the People's Republic of China

Historic Event

Jul 16 Franco appoints prince Juan Carlos as deputy in Spain

  • Jul 16 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) withdraw from Stormont (North Ireland Parliament) after no inquiry is announced into the shooting dead of Seamus Cusack and Desmond Beattie

Sports History

Jul 18 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories

  • Jul 19 Sudan military coup under maj Hashem al-Atta, Numeiry flees
  • Jul 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Jul 21 Sam Giancana returns to the United States after spending seven years of exile in Mexico

  • Jul 22 Sudanese military counter-coup under premier Numeiry
  • Jul 23 The British Army carry out early morning raids across Northern Ireland and arrest 48 people
  • Jul 24 WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 Apollo 15 launched (Scott and Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon
  • Jul 28 16 time gold glover Brook Robinson commits 3 errors in 6th inning
  • Jul 28 Dutch ends censorship of "Blue Movie"
  • Jul 30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)

Music Single

Jul 30 George Harrison releases single "Bangladesh"

  • Jul 30 All Nippon Airways Flight 58 collides with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-86F near Shizukuishi, Japan, killing all 162 aboard the Boing 727
  • Jul 30 US Apollo 15 (Scott & Irwin) lands on Mare Imbrium on the Moon
  • Jul 31 Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
  • Jul 31 4-time Eredivisie soccer champions Go Ahead from Dutch city of Deventer add 'Eagles' to famous name
  • Jul 31 Venezuela's Hydrocarbons Reversion Law mandates gradual transfer to government ownership of all "unexploited concession areas" by 1974 and "all their residual assets" by 1983

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Bobby Hamilton, American football defensive end, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • Jul 1 Melissa Peterman [Melissa Margaret], American actress (Reba, Fargo), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 1 Julianne Nicholson, American actress (Megan Wheeler-Law & Order: Criminal Intent), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Jul 1 Steven W. Bailey, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in San Diego, California

Missy Elliott

Jul 1 (Melissa) "Missy" Elliott, American rapper ("Work It"; "Lose Control"), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Jul 2 Jared Palmer, American tennis star, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 2 Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Jul 2 Evelyn Lau, Canadian author

Julian Assange

Jul 3 Julian Assange, Australian founder of Wikileaks, born in Townsville, Queensland

  • Jul 4 Steve Rucchin, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Thunder Bay, Canada
  • Jul 4 Koko, sign-language gorilla, born in San Francisco Zoo (San Francisco, California)
  • Jul 4 Andy Creeggan, Canadian musician, born in Scarborough, Canada
  • Jul 4 Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 5 Derek McInnes, Scottish footballer and manager (Aberdeen), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • Jul 6 Adam Laurent, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • Jul 6 Kari Kupcinet, American actress (Julie Sanderson-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Owen Lance Bill Hughes, New Zealand kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Jul 6 Kenya D. Williamson, American actress and author (Depth of Focus: A Novel), born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 7 Alistair Potts, British rower, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • Jul 8 John Achterberg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (NAC), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jul 8 Wendy Benson, American actress (Meredith-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 8 Neil Mavers, British drummer (The La's, 1989–92, 1994–95), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 9 Bobby Leslie, American TV rocker (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting for You"), born in New York
  • Jul 9 Chadrick Brown, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 9 Ger Senden, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Jul 9 Scott Grimes, American actor (Together We Stand), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jul 9 Marc Andreessen, American software developer
  • Jul 9 Dani Behr, Model & TV Presenter
  • Jul 9 Kelvin Grant, British reggae-rock guitarist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 10 Adam Foote, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic gold 2002; World C'ship gold 2004; Stanley Cup 1996, 2001 Colorado Avalanche), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 10 Carolyn Leonhart, American jazz, session, and touring vocalist, (Swiss Percussion Ensemble; Lyn Leon; Steely Dan), born in New York City
  • Jul 11 Brett Hauer, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Jul 11 Leisha Hailey, American actress and musician (Uh Huh Her)
  • Jul 12 Robert Allenby, Australian golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jul 12 Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1992; World Championships gold 1991-92), born in Hayward, California
  • Jul 14 Bubba Ray Dudley [Mark LoMonaco], American professional wrestler (WWF, WWE), born in New York City
  • Jul 14 Joey Styles, American wrestling commentator (WWE), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 14 Marie-Chantal Toupin, French Canadian pop singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 15 Dean Panaro, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 15 Eric Lacroix, NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 15 Ernest Dye, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 15 James Baldwin Jr, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • Jul 15 Danijela, Croatian singer
  • Jul 16 Chris Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in Burbank, California
  • Jul 16 Corey Feldman, American actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me), born in Reseda, California
  • Jul 16 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 17 Calbert Cheaney, American NBA player (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Jul 17 Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 17 Nico Mattan, Belgian cyclist, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • Jul 18 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1995–98; All-NBA First Team 1995, 96; Olympic gold 1996; Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, NY Knicks), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jul 18 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
  • Jul 19 Rick Walters, CFL slot back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jul 19 Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo), born in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Jul 19 Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in Long Beach, California

Vitali Klitschko

Jul 19 Vitali Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (3-time world heavyweight champion; only heavyweight to reign as world champion in 3 different decades) and Mayor of Kyiv (2014-), born in Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan, Soviet Union

  • Jul 20 Charles Johnson, Fort Pierce Fla, catcher (US Olympics 1992, Marlins)
  • Jul 20 Ed Giddins, cricketer (promising Sussex pace bowler, England A 1995)
  • Jul 20 Ron Stone, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 20 William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter

Sandra Oh

Jul 20 Sandra Oh, Korean Canadian actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Nepean, Ontario

  • Jul 20 DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (d. 2000)
  • Jul 21 Charlotte Gainsbourg, French-British actress (La Bûche, Antichrist), born in London
  • Jul 21 Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian and radio host
  • Jul 22 Kristine Marie Lilly, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 William Bell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)

Alison Krauss

Jul 23 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass singer and fiddler (Union Station; Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

  • Jul 23 Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Jul 23 Christopher Lee [Lee Meng Soon], Malaysian actor, singer and model (Show Hand), born in Malacca, Malaysia
  • Jul 23 Zindy Laursen, Danish-American pop singer (Cut'N'Move - "Give It Up"; Zindy Kuku Boogaloo), born in Svendborg, Denmark
  • Jul 24 Dino Baggio, Italian footballer
  • Jul 24 John Partridge, British singer (Cats) and actor (EastEnders), born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 24 Patty Jenkins, American film director (Monster, Wonder Woman), born in Victorville, California
  • Jul 25 Billy Wagner, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Tannersville, Virginia
  • Jul 25 Tracy Murray, American NBA forward (Toronto Raptors, Wash Wizards), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 25 Roger Creager, American country music singer-songwriter ("Bad Friend to a Good Man"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 26 Neus Ávila, Spanish tennis star (Futures-Valencia-ESP 1995), born in Spain
  • Jul 26 Reggie Carthon, American CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 26 Khaled Mahmud, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Jul 26 Dan Harris, American journalist and TV anchor (Nightline; Good Morning America), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Jul 27 Brennon James Dowric, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Jul 27 Lehlo Ledwaba, South African boxer (IBF super bantamweight title 1999-2001), born in Soweto, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • Jul 28 Stephen Lynch, American musician, born in Abington, Pennsylvania

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Jul 28 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), born in Samarra, Iraq (d. 2019)

  • Jul 29 Bryan Dattilo, American actor (California Dreaming, Days of Our Lives), born in Kankakee, Illinois
  • Jul 29 Johnny Ruffin, American MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Butler, Alabama
  • Jul 29 Monica Calhoun, American actress (The Best Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 29 Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish pop and jazz singer-songwriter (Vem Vet), born in Hägersten, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 30 Ron Blazier, American MLB pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Bard Hargreaves, American drummer (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Marin County, California
  • Jul 30 Sagi Kalev, Israeli bodybuilder, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Jul 30 Tom Green, Canadian comedian and actor, born in Pembroke, Canada
  • Jul 30 Christine Taylor, American actress, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 31 Gus Frerotte, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1996, Washington Redskins), born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 31 John 5 [Lowery], American heavy metal guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name; Rob Zombie), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Jul 6 Swedish pop singer-songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus (26) weds fellow Swedish singer-songwriter Agnetha Faltskog (21), prior to forming half of ABBA; divorce in 1980

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder, lawyer and politician (UK's first black peer), dies of a heart attack at 69 [1]
  • Jul 2 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, dies at 84

Jim Morrison

Jul 3 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure allegedly caused be an accidental heroin overdose at 27

  • Jul 3 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; The Family Jewels) dies after long illness at 71
  • Jul 4 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies of leukemia at 29
  • Jul 4 Joe Cox, South African cricket fast medium bowler (3 Tests; Natal), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • Jul 4 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jul 6 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • Jul 6 Thomas C Heart, US admiral/commander (Asiatic fleet), dies

Louis Armstrong

Jul 6 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Jul 7 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 7 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • Jul 8 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • Jul 10 Harry M O'Connor, dies of pneumonia at 98
  • Jul 10 Mohamed Madbouh, Moroccan general/putschist, shot to death
  • Jul 11 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • Jul 11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (Le Mans, 1968), killed in crash during sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, West Germany at 31
  • Jul 15 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), dies of cancer at 71
  • Jul 16 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue; "When You Wish Upon a Star"), dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), dies after mistakenly being prescribed penicillin to which he was allergic at 78
  • Jul 23 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Jul 24 Alan Rawsthorne, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 25 Leroy Robertson, American pianist, composer ("Oratorio from the Book of Mormon"; "Trilogy for Orchestra"), and educator (Brigham Young, 1925-48; University of Utah, 1948-62), dies at 74
  • Jul 26 Diane Arbus [Nemerov], American photographer (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar), commits suicide at 48 [1]
  • Jul 27 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor, composer, and musicologist, dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Myril Hoag, American baseball player, dies at 63
  • Jul 28 Charles E. Pont, American artist, dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)