What Happened in July 1977

Historical Events

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 84th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Virginia Wade beats B Stove (46 63 61)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jul 1 FC Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam Neth
  • Jul 1 Marlies Gohr runs Europen record 100m (10.88 sec)
  • Jul 2 91st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Connors (36 62 61 57 64)
  • Jul 3 5th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Judy Rankin
  • Jul 3 The Senegalese Republican Movement (MRS) is founded
  • Jul 4 Cubs use fielder Larry Bittner as a pitcher
  • Jul 4 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • Jul 4 Red Sox wallop a major league-record 8 HRs beating Toronto 9-6
  • Jul 5 Pakistani army, led by Gen Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seizes power
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 7 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 7 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • Jul 8 Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 9 106th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Jul 10 "Happy End" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances
  • Jul 10 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 US Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jul 12 John Edrich scores his 100th 100, Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval
  • Jul 13 NYC experiences 25 hr black-out
  • Jul 14 North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3
  • Jul 14 US House establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Jul 16 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • Jul 17 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • Jul 18 Hugh Leonard's "Da" premieres in London
  • Jul 18 Vietnam becomes a member of the UN
  • Jul 19 48th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • Jul 19 All star MVP: Don Sutton (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 19 Floods in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kill 76
  • Jul 20 Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 80 and causes $350 million damage
  • Jul 20 The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments
  • Jul 20 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 21 Libyan-Egyptian border fights
  • Jul 21 Sri Lanka premier Bandaranaike loses election
  • Jul 21 Sanjiva Reddy is elected sixth President of India unopposed
  • Jul 23 Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Muslims on hostage charges
  • Jul 24 32nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jul 24 Seattle's John Montague pitches 6 2/3 innings of perfect relief tying 2 game record of retiring 33 consecutive batsmen
  • Jul 24 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • Jul 26 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 26 The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa
  • Jul 27 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US
  • Jul 28 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reach Valdez, Alaska
  • Jul 28 Roy Wilkins turn over NAACP leadership to Benjamin Hooks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 Test Cricket debut of Ian Botham v Aust Trent Bridge, 5-74 1st innings

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Jul 31 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Pocono Northeast Golf Classic
  • Jul 31 E. Henry Knoche, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jul 31 John F. Blake promoted from acting to deputy director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestLiv Tyler

Jul 1 Liv Tyler, American actress and daughter of Aerosmith's frontman, Steven Tyler (Stealing Beauty, Lord of the Rings), born in New York City

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
  • Jul 1 Misty Marriah Esplin, Preston Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1997)
  • Jul 1 Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist
  • Jul 1 Birgit Schuurman, Dutch musician
  • Jul 4 Katia Zygouli, Greek supermodel
  • Jul 4 Jonas Kjellgren, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • Jul 5 Royce Da 5'9", American rapper
  • Jul 5 Nicolas Kiefer, German tennis player.
  • Jul 6 Con Blatsis, Australian footballer
  • Jul 6 Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer
  • Jul 6 Craig Handley, British film director
  • Jul 7 Felix Vasquez, New York City Housing Authority employee
  • Jul 8 Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • Jul 8 Milo Ventimiglia, American actor (Gilmore Girls, This is Us), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jul 9 Isaac Brock, American musician
  • Jul 10 Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
  • Jul 10 Gwendoline Yeo, American actress
  • Jul 10 Vivek Murthy, Vice-Admiral and 19th US Surgeon General (2014-17), born in Hudderfield, UK
  • Jul 11 Brandy Gold, Northridge California, actress (Annie-Baby Makes 5)
  • Jul 11 Brandon Short, American football player
  • Jul 12 Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler (WWE), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Jul 12 Neil Harris, English footballer
  • Jul 12 Steve Howey, American actor
  • Jul 13 Ashley Scott, American actress
  • Jul 14 Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
  • Jul 15 Ray Toro, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • Jul 15 Faraz Anwar, Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)
  • Jul 15 Kitana Baker, American model (Miller Light Catfight commercial)
  • Jul 15 Lana Parrilla, American actress
  • Jul 15 Andre Nel, South African Cricketer
  • Jul 16 Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 17 Lehmber Hussainpuri, Famous Indian Singer
  • Jul 17 Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player
  • Jul 18 M.I.A7-17 [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British rapper (Paper Planes, Boyz), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Dylan Lane, American television host
  • Jul 18 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • Jul 19 Haitham Mustafa, Sudanese footballer
  • Jul 19 Ed Smith, English cricketer
  • Jul 19 Tony Mamaluke, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Jul 20 Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer
  • Jul 20 Alessandro dos Santos, Brazilian-born Japanese footballer
  • Jul 21 Allison Wagner, 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Jul 21 Sarah Biasini, daughter of actress Romy Schneider
  • Jul 21 Paul Casey, English golfer
  • Jul 21 Jaime Murray, British actress
  • Jul 22 Gustavo Nery, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 23 Neicer Reasco, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Jul 23 Scott Clemmensen, American ice hockey player
  • Jul 24 Arnold Bruggink, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jul 24 Danny Dyer, English actor and television presenter
  • Jul 24 Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian football player
  • Jul 25 Kenny Thomas, American basketball player
  • Jul 26 Martin Laursen, Danish footballer
  • Jul 26 Rebecca St. James, Australian-born singer
  • Jul 27 Jason Michael Zimbler, actor (Clarissa Explains it All), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 27 Foo Swee Chin, Singaporean comic book artist
  • Jul 28 Aki Berg, Finnish NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Raisio, Finland
  • Jul 28 Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Jul 29 Greg Burgess, American 200m individual medley (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Jul 30 Jayme Dickman, South Bend Ind, 3x20 rifle (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 30 Jaime Pressly, American actress
  • Jul 30 Ian Watkins, Welsh singer (Lostprophets)
  • Jul 31 Tim Couch, American football player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 8 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 3 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
  • Jul 4 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 6 Oedoen Partos, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

Person of interestAlice Paul

Jul 9 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Alice Paul
  • Jul 10 Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
  • Jul 12 Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • Jul 12 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 15 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
  • Jul 19 John R Powers, US director model bureau, dies at 80

Person of interestNoel Wien

Jul 19 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), dies at 78

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jul 20 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • Jul 20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • Jul 21 Lee Miller, American Photographer aged 70
  • Jul 23 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 26 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Karac Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, dies of respiratory failure at 6
  • Jul 29 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • Jul 30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • Jul 31 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20