On This Day

What Happened in July 1974

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 1st Laura Ashley store in the US opens (San Francisco)

Historic Event

Jul 1 General Augusto Pinochet becomes president and dictator of Chile

  • Jul 1 Isabel Peron succeeds husband Juan as President of Argentina
  • Jul 1 Monmouthshire renamed Gwent and becomes part of Wales
  • Jul 1 NFL players go on strike for 41 days challenging the "Rozelle Rule" but had to wait until 1977 for new collective bargaining agreement
  • Jul 2 Fernando Mameda of Portugal sets record for 10,000 m (27:13.81)
  • Jul 3 Pitching in MLB-record 13th consecutive game for the LA Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John's 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds
  • Jul 3 Soyuz 14 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
  • Jul 4 Mike Marshall goes 9-0 with 3 saves in 20 appearances in 30 days

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her first Wimbledon title beating Russian Olga Morzova 6-0, 6-4

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Ken Rosewall of Australia 6-1, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jul 7 Milwaukee's Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base (78) in Brewers 8-5 win v Twins

FIFA World Cup

Jul 7 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beats the Netherlands, 2-1

  • Jul 7 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • Jul 8 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 8 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game

Election of Interest

Jul 9 Pierre Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian parliamentary election

  • Jul 10 OPEC ends oil boycott against Netherlands
  • Jul 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 11 House Judiciary Committee releases evidence on Watergate inquiry
  • Jul 11 World Football League plays 1st games
  • Jul 12 John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg's rights

British Golf Open

Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: South African Gary Player wins his 3rd Open Championship, 4 strokes clear of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis of England

  • Jul 13 India's 1st one-day international (v England, Headingley)

Sports History

Jul 14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day

  • Jul 14 Bundy victims Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappear, Lake Sammamish, Washington
  • Jul 15 Military coup on Cyprus: archbishop, President Makarios flees
  • Jul 15 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast
  • Jul 17 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues
  • Jul 17 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)
  • Jul 17 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll

Music History

Jul 17 John Lennon is (again) ordered to leave US in 60 days, due to a 1968 marijuana charge in the UK

  • Jul 18 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 18 World's tallest structure, 646 metre Polish radio mast, completed
  • Jul 19 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0

Music History

Jul 19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC

  • Jul 19 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 14 lands back on earth
  • Jul 20 Heng Yo and Heng Ju, completes 1,000 mile (SF-Seattle) pilgrimage
  • Jul 20 Turkey invades Cyprus
  • Jul 21 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Stone and Carol Mann

Historic Event

Jul 21 US House Judiciary approves two Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon

Sports History

Jul 21 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories

  • Jul 23 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts

Sports History

Jul 23 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)

  • Jul 23 Greek military dictatorship collapses
  • Jul 24 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes

Film Release

Jul 24 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 26 USSR's Soyuz fails to dock with Salyut 3
  • Jul 27 House Judiciary Committee votes 27-11 recommends Nixon impeachment
  • Jul 27 Kanhai & Jameson add 465 for 2nd wicket, Warwickshire v Gloucs
  • Jul 28 69 die when packed bus strikes heavy truck in Belem, Brazil
  • Jul 29 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee
  • Jul 29 Episcopal Church ordained female priests
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 29 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base
  • Jul 30 House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd & last charge of "high crimes & misdemeanors" to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up
  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Michele Krasnoo, American actress (Kickboxer IV), born in Culver City, California
  • Jul 1 Jefferson Pérez, Ecuadorian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1996), born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Jul 2 Sean Casey, American baseball player
  • Jul 2 Moon So-ri, South Korean actress
  • Jul 2 Rocky Gray, American musician
  • Jul 3 Jamie Feick, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Lexington, Ohio
  • Jul 4 La'Roi Glover, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 5 Márcio Amoroso, Brazilian footballer, born in Brasília, Brazil
  • Jul 6 Steve Sullivan, Canadian NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 6 Zé Roberto, Brazilian footballer (Palmeiras), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jul 7 Patrick Lalime, Canadian NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Saint-Bonaventure, California
  • Jul 8 Demetrius Allen, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jul 8 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • Jul 8 Tami Erin, American actress and model
  • Jul 9 Nikola Šarčević, Swedish rock bassist and singer (Millencolin), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • Jul 9 Sian Berry, British politician (Green Part), born in Cheltenham, England
  • Jul 10 (Idalmis) Marina Vidal, American actress, journalist and beauty queen (Miss Florida 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 10 Chiwetel Ejiofor, British film and stage actor ("Twelve Years a Slave"), born in London, England
  • Jul 10 Imelda May [Higham, née Clabby], Irish rockabilly singer-songwriter, guitarist and bodhrán player ("It's Good To Be Alive"; "Mayhem"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 11 André Ooijer, Dutch soccer defender (55 caps; PSV, Blackburn Rovers), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 11 Hermann Hreiðarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • Jul 12 Stelios Giannakopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 12 Sharon den Adel, Dutch symphonic metal singer-songwriter (Within Temptation - "Stand My Ground"), and fashion desiner, born in Waddinxveen, Netherlands
  • Jul 12 Gregory Helms, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 13 Jean Zhang, Miss Suriname 1993
  • Jul 13 Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B singer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 13 Jarno Trulli, Italian race car driver
  • Jul 14 Erick Dampier, American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jul 14 David Mitchell, English comedian and actor (Mitchell and Webb, Peep Show), born in Salisbury, England
  • Jul 15 Janice Bremner, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • Jul 15 Chot Ulep, Filipino musician, born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Jul 16 Michelle Chandler, Australian basketball point guard (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Jul 16 Chris Pontius, American actor and Jackass cast member, born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 16 Wendell Sailor, Australian rugby league and union footballer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Jul 17 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Jul 18 Derek Anderson, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jul 18 Alan Morrison, British poet
  • Jul 19 Vincent Spadea, tennis star, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 19 Rey Bucanero, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 Preston Wilson, baseball player
  • Jul 20 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist
  • Jul 20 "Big Money" Bengie Molina [Benjamin José Molina], Puerto Rican baseball player (Texas Rangers), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 20 Simon Rex, American actor
  • Jul 21 Geoff Jenkins, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 2003; World Series 2008; Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Jul 22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer ("Meet Me at the Movies"), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • Jul 22 Franka Potente, German actress
  • Jul 23 Maurice Greene, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m 2000; World C'ship gold 100m 1997; 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1999; WR 100m 9.79s 1999), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 23 Terry Glenn, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Jul 23 Sonny Siaki, Samoan-born professional wrestler, born in Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • Jul 23 Rik Verbrugghe, Belgian cyclist, born in Tienen, Belgium
  • Jul 23 Kathryn Hahn, American actress (WandaVision), born in Westchester, Illinois
  • Jul 25 Todd Fuller, American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Jul 25 Jay R. Ferguson, American actor (Evening Shade, Mad Men), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 25 Kenzo Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Hekinan, Aichi, Japan
  • Jul 25 Gareth Thomas, Welsh ruby player, born in Sarn, Wales
  • Jul 25 Paul Epworth, British Grammy and Academy Award-winning record producer, musician, and songwriter (Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Rihanna), born, Bishop's Stortford, England
  • Jul 26 Dean Sturridge, English football striker, born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 26 Dan Konopka, American musician (OK Go)
  • Jul 27 Pete Yorn, American musician (Musicforthemorningafter), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • Jul 28 Justin Lee Collins, British radio host, actor and comedian, born in Southmead, Bristol

Alexis Tsipras

Jul 28 Alexis Tsipras, Greek politician (Greek President 2015), born in Athens, Greece

  • Jul 28 Hannah Waddingham, British actress (Ted Lasso; Game of Thrones, 2015-16), and musical theater singer, born in London, England
  • Jul 29 Derek Wilkinson, Lasalle, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Hilary Swank

Jul 30 Hilary Swank, American actress (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Jul 30 Radostin Kishishev, Bulgarian footballer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Jul 30 Jason Robinson, English dual-code rugby player, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Jul 31 Emilia Fox, English actress (The Pianist), born in London
  • Jul 31 Jonathan Ogden, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle (11-time Pro Bowl; Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Weddings

Barry White

Jul 4 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Jul 16 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

Famous Deaths

Juan Perón

Jul 1 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), dies of a heart attack at 78

  • Jul 1 Kick Smit, Dutch soccer striker and manager (29 caps; HFC Haarlem), dies at 62
  • Jul 3 John Crowe Ransom, American poet and critic (God Without Thunder), dies at 86
  • Jul 4 Mohammed SA al-Hoesseini, Mufti of Jerusalem/pres Com Palestine, dies
  • Jul 4 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), dies at 86
  • Jul 6 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 8 Morris "Moose" Charlap, American Broadway composer (Peter Pan; Kelly), dies at 45
  • Jul 9 Sonia Gaskell, Russian-Dutch choreographer (Diaghilev), dies at 70
  • Jul 9 Ted Bowley, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1929-30), dies
  • Jul 9 Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French Dadaist artist and writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 11 Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • Jul 13 Patrick Blackett, British physicist (Nobel 1948 - nuclear reaction), dies at 76
  • Jul 14 Henri Smajda, Tunisian French publisher (Combat), commits suicide at 77
  • Jul 14 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83
  • Jul 15 Christine Chubbuck, American TV news reporter, commits suicide live on TV at 29
  • Jul 17 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, pitcher (St Louis Cards), dies at 63
  • Jul 19 Joseph "Joe" Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy, Batman), dies of a heart attack while swimming at 59
  • Jul 19 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian-American soccer player, dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Willem F. K. Hussem, Dutch painter and poet (Steltlopen on Sea), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Edna Lewis Thomas, American actress (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 Lili Darvas, Hungarian actress (Szerelem, Cimmaron), dies at 68
  • Jul 22 Wayne L Morse, (Sen-D-Oregon), dies at 73
  • Jul 23 Mary Forbes, actress (Nun-Les Miserables, Ivy), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Chris Chubbock, newscaster, shoots self on air
  • Jul 24 Ernest Milton, actor (Julius Caesar, Cat Girl), dies at 84

James Chadwick

Jul 24 James Chadwick, English physicist (Nobel 1935, discovered neutron), dies at 82

  • Jul 26 Arthur K Watson, US businessman (IBM), dies at 55
  • Jul 27 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Nothing But The Devil"; "Bad Luck And Trouble"), dies of stomach cancer at 61
  • Jul 28 Jack Ellis, Australian cricketer (Victorian WK, Ashes tourist 1926), dies
  • Jul 28 Truman Bradley, American TV host (Science Fiction Theater), dies at 69
  • Jul 29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreaming"), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • Jul 29 Erich Kästner, German author (b. 1899)
  • Jul 30 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, dies at 75