On This Day

What Happened in July 1980

Historical Events

World Record

Jul 1 British runner Steve Ovett breaks countryman Sebastian Coe's world record for the mile in 3:48.8 in Oslo, Norway

  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • Jul 2 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • Jul 2 Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres
  • Jul 3 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat NY Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium

Baseball Record

Jul 4 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles crown

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 for his 5th straight Wimbledon crown with famous 22-minute, 34-point, fourth-set tiebreak

  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test

Baseball Record

Jul 6 MLB Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history

  • Jul 7 Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 7 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

  • Jul 7 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • Jul 7 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA
  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jul 7 The Safra massacre in Lebanon
  • Jul 8 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Jul 8 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

Historic Event

Jul 9 7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

Historic Event

Jul 9 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years

  • Jul 10 Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temperature
  • Jul 10 Sam Shepard's play "True West" premieres at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco [1]
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • Jul 11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Richland CC: Amy Alcott scores convincing 9 stroke win over runner-up Hollis Stacy
  • Jul 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Baseball Record

Jul 15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

Historic Event

Jul 15 Billy Carter, the brother of US President Jimmy Carter, registers as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after it was revealed they paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars

  • Jul 16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Presidential Convention

Jul 16 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

  • Jul 17 Bolivian military coup; General Garcia Meza becomes president
  • Jul 17 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president
  • Jul 17 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan

Music History

Jul 18 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"

  • Jul 18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • Jul 18 Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women
  • Jul 18 Quett Masire installed as President of Botswana
  • Jul 18 Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit
  • Jul 19 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war
  • Jul 19 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application

British Golf Open

Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino

  • Jul 20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • Jul 21 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Jul 23 River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 23 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
  • Jul 25 Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 25 Atlantic Records/ and Albert Productions release "Back in Black", the seventh studio album by AC/DC; their first featuring lead singer Brian Johnson is a worldwide smash, selling over 50 million copies,
  • Jul 27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • Jul 28 Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president

Music History

Jul 29 David Bowie stars in dramatic stage play "The Elephant Man" at the Auditorium Theater in Denver, Colorado

  • Jul 30 Houston Astros pitcher J. R. Richard suffers a stroke and collapses while playing a game of catch before an Astros game, ending his career
  • Jul 30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • Jul 30 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
  • Jul 30 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Jul 31 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • Jul 31 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • Jul 31 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 31 Hurricane Allen forms in the Atlantic Ocean, will go on to become the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin with winds of 190mph (305km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • Jul 3 Roland Schoeman, South African swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2004; 3 x World C'ship gold), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Jul 3 Olivia Munn, American actress (The Newsroom: X-Men: Apocalypse), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 3 Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricket spin bowler (103 Tests, 417 wickets, BB 8/84; Punjab, Surrey CCC, Mumbai Indians, Essex CCC, Chennai SKs, Kolkata KRs), born in Jalandhar, India
  • Jul 4 Muhammad Ali Hasan, American filmmaker, born in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Jul 4 Max Elliott Slade, American film actor, born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 5 Jason Wade, American singer and musician (Lifehouse), born in Camarillo, California
  • Jul 5 David Rozehnal, Czech soccer defender (Czech Rep. 60 caps; PSG, Lille), born in Šternberk, Czech Republic
  • Jul 6 Eva Green, French actress and model (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 6 Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Barcelona
  • Jul 7 Michelle Kwan, American figure skater (World C'ship gold women's singles 1996, 98, 2000, 01, 03; Olympic silver 1998; bronze 2002), born in Torrance, California
  • Jul 7 John Buck, American MLB baseball catchrr, 2004-14 (Kansas City Royals, and six other teams), born in Kemmerer, Wyoming
  • Jul 7 Deidre Downs, American beauty queen, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jul 7 Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore), born in Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Jul 7 Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used, 2006-)
  • Jul 8 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • Jul 10 Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor (American Pie, Rookie of the Year), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Jessica Simpson

Jul 10 Jessica Simpson, American singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever"; "I Think I'm In Love" ; "Where You Are"), born in Abilene, Texas

  • Jul 10 Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter
  • Jul 10 Adam Petty, American auto racer (son of Kyle Petty; death leads to NASCAR mandate of steering wheel kill switch), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Jul 11 T.J. Wilson, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Jul 12 Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 12 Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
  • Jul 14 George Smith, Australian Rugby player, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 15 Jonathan Cheechoo, professional ice hockey player
  • Jul 15 Reggie Abercrombie, professional baseball player
  • Jul 15 Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • Jul 16 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (US Masters 2013), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jul 17 Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer, born in Municipality of Parla, Spain
  • Jul 17 Ryan Miller, American hockey player, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Jul 17 Philip Lawrence, American songwriter, musician, and record producer (Bruno Mars), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Jul 17 Brett Goldstein, English comedian and actor (Ted Lasso), born in London, England

Kristen Bell

Jul 18 Kristen Bell, American actress (Veronica Mars, Frozen), born in Huntington Woods, Michigan

  • Jul 18 Ryōko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer, born in Kōchi, Japan
  • Jul 19 Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 19 Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
  • Jul 19 Mark Webber, American actor
  • Jul 19 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 2018)

Gisele Bündchen

Jul 20 Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian supermodel (Victoria's Secret), born in Horizontina, Brazil

  • Jul 20 Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 21 CC Sabathia, American baseball player, born in Vallejo, California
  • Jul 21 Lee Camp, American comedian (Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand auto racer (IndyCar Drivers' champion 2003, 08, 13, 15, 18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Jul 22 Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
  • Jul 22 Kate Ryan [Katrien Verbeeck], Belgian pop singer-songriter, born in Tessenderlo, Belgium
  • Jul 22 Tablo [Daniel Lee], Korean-Canadian hip-hop musician (Epik High), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jul 23 Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child - "Say My Name"), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • Jul 25 Toni Vilander, Finnish auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro class 2012, 14; FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers 2014; FIA GT C'ship GT2 class 2007, 08), born in Kankaanpää, Finland
  • Jul 25 Diam's [Mélanie Georgiades], French rapper, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Jul 25 Shawn Riggans, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jul 26 Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41), born in Ajax, Ontario
  • Jul 26 Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor, born in Gangnam District, Seoul
  • Jul 26 Mat Shaw, American pop singer (Mat and Savanna), and real estate agent, born in California
  • Jul 27 Allan Davis, Australian cyclist, born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jul 27 Dolph Ziggler [Nicholas Theodore Nemeth], American professional wrestler, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), born in Rockerville, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • Jul 28 Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Jul 29 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jul 29 Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • Jul 29 Rachel Miner, American actress (Supernatural), born in New York City
  • Jul 30 Sara Anzanello, Italian volleyball player, born in San Donà di Piave, Italy
  • Jul 30 Justin Rose, English golfer (US Open 2013), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 31 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player, born in Salesi, Samoa
  • Jul 31 Harry Potter, fictional character portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, born in Godric's Hollow, England

Famous Weddings

Raquel Welch

Jul 5 Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld

Michael Biehn

Jul 11 Actor Michael Biehn (23) weds actress Carlene Olson (25)

Elizabeth Warren

Jul 12 US Senator Elizabeth Warren (31) weds law professor Bruce Mann

Donna Summer

Jul 16 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award-winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Björn Borg

Jul 24 Tennis star Björn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania


Famous Divorces

Pete Rose

Jul 31 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74
  • Jul 3 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • Jul 5 Archibald James Potter, Irish composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 6 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), dies of leukemia at 69
  • Jul 7 Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces; The Great Dictator), dies at 77
  • Jul 9 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist, dies at 66
  • Jul 10 Komako Kimura, Japanese suffragette, actress and editor, dies at 92
  • Jul 11 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Peggy Knudson, actress (April-So This is Hollywood), dies at 57
  • Jul 12 John W Davis, President (WV State college), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Jul 14 Felix Berezin, Russian physicist and mathematician (Berezin integral), dies at 49
  • Jul 15 Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 15 Henri Martelli, French composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 16 Robert Brackman, American artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), commits suicide at 68
  • Jul 17 Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies at 76
  • Jul 22 Fred Kaps [Abram PA Bongers], magician (world champ 1955), dies at 54
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), dies in a car accident at 32
  • Jul 23 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • Jul 23 Mollie Steimer, American political prisoner and anarchist agitator, dies at 82

Peter Sellers

Jul 24 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

  • Jul 24 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 26 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, dies at 52

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Jul 27 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), dies in Cairo of splenomegaly at 60

  • Jul 28 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 29 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), dies after falling through a glass shower door at 66
  • Jul 30 Norman Lloyd, American pianist, author and composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 31 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49
  • Jul 31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)