On This Day

What Happened in July 1979

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman, first popular portable cassette player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova successfully defends her title beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats American Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • Jul 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 8 The Democratic Republic of the Congo adoptsa new constitution
  • Jul 8 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • Jul 9 Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jul 9 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter
  • Jul 9 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Jul 11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates

  • Jul 12 Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
  • Jul 12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK

Music RecordingDown With Disco!

Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers

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Anti-disco baseball fans hold a 'Disco Sucks' sign during Disco Demolition Night in Chicago, 1979
Anti-disco baseball fans hold a 'Disco Sucks' sign during Disco Demolition Night in Chicago, 1979
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 13 George Harrison releases single "Faster"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Brooklawn CC: Jerilyn Britz wins her first LPGA Tour event (and only major), 2 shots ahead of runners-up Debbie Massey and Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 15 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston

Cricket Batsman and Captain David Gower
Cricket Batsman and Captain
David Gower
  • Jul 17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jul 17 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe
  • Jul 17 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • Jul 18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • Jul 18 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 tons of oil spill
  • Jul 19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • Jul 19 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle

  • Jul 19 Patricia Harris becomes sect of HEW
  • Jul 20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Washington

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
  • Jul 21 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jul 24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jul 25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • Jul 26 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, Texas (national record)
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 28 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • Jul 28 France performs nuclear Test

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
  • Jul 2 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer

Person of interestJoe Thornton

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 3 Ludivine Sagnier, French actress
  • Jul 3 David Bacani, American baseball player
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Mihaylovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Jul 5 Shane Filan, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Jul 6 Nicolas Daniel Maricio, Prince of Netherlands, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jul 6 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet), born in Dingley, Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestKevin Hart

Jul 6 Kevin Hart, American comedian ("Laugh at My Pain", The Secret Life of Pets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter, born in Corfu, Greece
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver, born in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
  • Jul 9 Ella Koon [Yun-na], Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and actress of Hakka heritage, born in Tahita, French Polynesia
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • Jul 12 Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player
  • Jul 13 Craig Bellamy, Welsh soccer forward (78 caps; Newcastle United, Norwich City, Manchester City), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 14 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 14 Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
  • Jul 15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • Jul 15 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer

Person of interestKim Rhode

Jul 16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • Jul 16 Jayma Mays, American actress (Glee, Heroes), born in Bristol, Tennessee
  • Jul 16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 17 Mike Vogel, American actor (Under the Dome), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Rick Baxter, American politician
  • Jul 18 Jared Hess, American film director and screenwriter
  • Jul 18 Deion Branch, American football player
  • Jul 18 Joey Mercury, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 18 Jermaine Paul, American gospel and R&B singer, winner of "The Voice" (2012), born in Harriman, New York
  • Jul 19 Luke Young, English footballer
  • Jul 19 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • Jul 19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jul 20 Claudine Barretto, Filipino actress
  • Jul 20 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • Jul 20 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • Jul 21 David Carr, American football player, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Jul 21 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player (Indiana Fever), born in Stratford, New Jersey
  • Jul 22 Lucas Luhr, German racing driver
  • Jul 22 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • Jul 22 James Mason [Atkins], British professional wrestler, born in London, England
  • Jul 23 Ricardo Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 24 Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 24 Rose Byrne, Australian actress
  • Jul 24 Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
  • Jul 24 Stat Quo [Stanley Benton], American rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 24 Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
  • Jul 24 José Valverde, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Ali Carter, English professional snooker player, born in Colchester, Essex
  • Jul 26 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 26 Mageina Tovah, American actress (Joan of Arcadia), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jul 26 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 27 Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer (second Mexican to win world titles in 4 weight divisions), born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Jul 27 Shannon Moore, American professional wrestler, born in Cameron, North Carolina
  • Jul 27 Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2018)
  • Jul 28 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Namwon, South Korea
  • Jul 28 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer, born in Húsavík, Iceland
  • Jul 29 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • Jul 29 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • Jul 30 Diva Zappa, American artist and daughter of Frank, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 30 Graeme McDowell, Irish golfer (US Open 2010), born in Portrush, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 30 Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican basketball player, born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 31 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • Jul 31 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer and coach, born in Las Cabezas de San Juan, Spain
  • Jul 31 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 31 B. J. Novak, American actor (Inglourious Basterds), born in Newton, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 8 Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jul 1 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), dies at 56
  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 4 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

Jul 5 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Jul 7 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 8 Michael Wilding, British actor (Stage Fright, Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong), dies from a head injury at 66
  • Jul 8 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jul 8 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • Jul 8 Charles Kynard, American soul, jazz, and funk Hammond B-3 organ player (Reelin With The Feelin'), dies at 46
  • Jul 9 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian judge and politician, dies at 54
  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 13 Corine Griffith, dies at 84
  • Jul 14 George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
  • Jul 15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • Jul 16 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 17 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), dies at 49
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 24 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), accidentally shoots himself at 52
  • Jul 27 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Herbert Marcuse, German-American communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), dies at 60
  • Jul 31 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), dies at 76