What Happened in July 1984

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jul 1 The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Miller Barber wins by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer for his second Senior Open title

  • Jul 3 After 22 years, England Test cricket spinner Derek Underwood hits a maiden 1st class century (111) for Kent v Sussex at Hastings
  • Jul 3 Dolphin rocket launched off San Clemente Island
  • Jul 3 Supreme Court rules Jaycees may be forced to admit women as members
  • Jul 3 West Indies cricket opener Gordon Greenidge scores brilliant 214 off 242 balls in 9-wicket Lord's Test win v England
  • Jul 4 Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half his ashes next to N Senzaki

Baseball Record

Jul 4 New York Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro strikes out Larry Parish (Texas Rangers) to become the 9th player to reach the 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone

  • Jul 5 Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old "exclusionary rule"-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials
  • Jul 6 New Zealand sisters Liz and Rose Signal become the first twins to play in the same cricket Test match, v England at Headingley
  • Jul 7 5 die in a train crash in Williston, Vermont

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe defends his crown, thrashing fellow American Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2

  • Jul 9 12th Century York Minster damaged in lightning storm
  • Jul 9 Yvonne Ryding of Sweden crowned 33rd Miss Universe
  • Jul 10 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon convicted of murdering his mother and sentenced 16 years to life in prison. Diagnosed with schizophrenia after the killing, he is serving time in a medical / psychiatric prison, and has been denied parole 10 times as of 2018. [1]
  • Jul 11 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd time
  • Jul 11 Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe
  • Jul 11 Government orders air bags or seat belts would be required in cars by 1989
  • Jul 11 Lucas Mangope re-elected president of Bophuthatswana
  • Jul 12 A car bomb set off by the military wing of the ANC, explodes in Durban South Africa killing 5 and injuring 27 people

Appointment of Interest

Jul 12 Geraldine Ferraro becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential candidate, after Walter Mondale selects her as his Democratic Party running mate

Music Concert

Jul 13 Eddie Van Halen makes a guest appearance, performing "Beat It", in a Jacksons concert, in Dallas, Texas

  • Jul 13 Jeff Beck quits Rod Stewart's tour after 7 shows
  • Jul 13 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m
  • Jul 13 The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa

Election of Interest

Jul 14 New Zealand snap election, David Lange's Labour Party defeats Robert Muldoon's National Party

  • Jul 14 STS 41-D vehicle moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for remanifest of payloads
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Music Single

Jul 15 John Lennon's single "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously

  • Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Hollis Stacy wins her 3rd US title by 1 stroke from Rosie Jones
  • Jul 17 Pierre Mauroy resigns as Prime Minister of France
  • Jul 17 Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7
  • Jul 17 US passes National Minimum Drinking Age Act, prohibiting under 21's from buying or possessing alcohol as a condition of receiving federal highway funds
  • Jul 18 21 people are killed and 19 are injured in a massacre in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California; it ends with the shooting of its perpetrator, James Oliver Huberty

Presidential Convention

Jul 18 Walter Mondale wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination in San Francisco

  • Jul 19 1st female to captain a 747 across Atlantic (Lynn Rippelmeyer)
  • Jul 19 Geraldine Ferraro (US Representative, New York), becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential nominee, officially joining Walter Mondale's Democratic Party ticket
  • Jul 20 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m

Famous Photo

Jul 20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

  • Jul 21 Marita Koch of East Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
  • Jul 21 USSR performs underground nuclear Test

Federation Cup

Jul 22 22nd Federation Cup Women's Tennis, São Paulo, Brazil: Czech pair Hana Mandlíková & Helena Suková beat Australians Elizabeth Sayers & Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory

  • Jul 22 71st Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France

Sports History

Jul 23 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save

  • Jul 23 Suzette Charles (NJ), 21, replaces Williams as 57th Miss America 1984
  • Jul 23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns after Penthouse publishes unauthorized nude photos of her

Music Single

Jul 24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (credited in US to Wham!) (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

  • Jul 25 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes 1st woman to walk in space

Sports History

Jul 26 Bowie Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction

Sports History

Jul 26 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single

  • Jul 27 Reds' Pete Rose collects record 3,503rd career single (vs Philadelphia)
  • Jul 27 West Indies cricket opening batsman Gordon Greenidge smashes 223 in innings & 64 run win over England in 4th Test at Manchester; Windies lead series, 4-0
  • Jul 28 23rd modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles
  • Jul 29 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • Jul 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George's CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • Jul 30 Alvenus tanker at Cameron Louisiana, spills 2.8 million gallons of oil
  • Jul 30 Holly Roffey aged 11 days is the youngest ever to receive a heart transplant
  • Jul 30 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jul 31 Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • Jul 31 US men's gymnastics team score emotional upset win over world champion Chinese team in the combined event to take the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Jul 31 Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Donald Thomas, Bahamian high jumper (World Championship gold 2007), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Jul 2 Johnny Weir, American figure skater
  • Jul 2 Maarten Martens, Belgian footballer
  • Jul 2 Vanessa Lee Chester, American actress
  • Jul 3 Syed Rasel, Bangladeshi cricket swing bowler (6 Tests, 12 wickets; 52 ODIs, 61 wickets; Duronto Rajshahi), born in Jessore, Bangladesh
  • Jul 4 Akanishi Jin, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 4 Gina Glocksen, American singer, born in Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Jul 5 Yu Yamada, Ryukyuan model, actress and singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Jul 6 Lauren Harris, British rock singer, born in Essex, England
  • Jul 7 Marie-Mai, Canadian singer, born in Varennes, Canada
  • Jul 7 Minas Alozidis, Greek hurdler
  • Jul 7 Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
  • Jul 9 Jacob Hoggard, Canadian singer (Hedley), born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Jul 10 Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia, Miss World 2004
  • Jul 11 Hitomi Hyuga, Japanese actress
  • Jul 11 Rachael Taylor, Australian actress
  • Jul 11 Tanith Belbin, Canadian ice dancer
  • Jul 11 Yorman Bazardo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jul 12 Gareth Gates, British singer-songwriter, born in Bradford, England
  • Jul 12 Jack Conte, American entrepreneur (co-founder of Patreon), and singer-songwriter (Pomplamoose), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 12 Michael McGovern, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jul 14 Chris Steele, Canadian rock bassist, (Alexisonfire), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Jul 15 Vice Cooler, American musician
  • Jul 16 Hayanari Shimoda, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 16 Katrina Kaif, Indian actress (Dhoom 3), born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 17 Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jul 17 Sotiris Leontiou, Greek footballer, born in Ioannina, Greece
  • Jul 19 Alessandra De Rossi, Filipino actress
  • Jul 19 Holly Roffey, English youngest heart transplant (d. 1984)
  • Jul 19 Lasse Gjertsen, Norwegian animator (YouTube - Amateur), born in Larvik, Norway
  • Jul 19 Lewis Price, Welsh soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; Ipswich Town), born in Bournemouth, England
  • Jul 20 Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 20 Troy Smith, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2006, Ohio State; NFL: Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jul 21 Liam Ridgewell, English footballer, born in Bexleyheath, England
  • Jul 22 Stewart Downing, English footballer (Middlesborough), born in Middlesborough, England
  • Jul 23 Brandon Roy, American professional basketball player and manager, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 24 John Dhani Lennevald, Swedish pop singer (A-Teens), born in Stockholm
  • Jul 25 Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Greek basketball player, born in Jeseník, Czechoslovakia
  • Jul 26 Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper, born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Jul 28 DeMeco Ryans, American football player, born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • Jul 28 John David Washington, American football player and actor (BlacKkKlansman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 28 Zach Parise, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 29 Chad Billingsley, American baseball player
  • Jul 30 Gabrielle Christian, American actress, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 30 Kevin Pittsnogle, American basketball player, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 7 Singer Frankie Valli (50) marries Randy Clohessy (24)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 2 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • Jul 3 Raoul Salan, French Army general and leader of OAS; Secret Army Organization (Algeria), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies at 34
  • Jul 5 Don Elliott [Helfman], American jazz trumpeter, vibraphonist, mellophone player, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 57
  • Jul 5 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), dies at 79
  • Jul 7 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, dies at 43
  • Jul 7 Flora Robson, actress (Great Day, Frieda), dies in her sleep at 82
  • Jul 8 Brassaï [Gyula Halász], Hungarian-French artist, dies at 84
  • Jul 8 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • Jul 9 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), dies at 85
  • Jul 11 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Jul 14 Al Schacht [Clown prince of baseball], American baseball player, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • Jul 14 Kenny Delmar, American comedian (School House), dies at 74
  • Jul 14 Philippe Wynne, American soul singer ("I'll Be Around"), dies at 43
  • Jul 14 Siegfried Kohler, German composer (Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom), dies at 57
  • Jul 16 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • Jul 17 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • Jul 19 Carol Eberts Veazie, actress (Maude Endles-Norby), dies at 89
  • Jul 19 Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (b. 1896)
  • Jul 19 Geert Lubberhuizen, Dutch publisher (Busy Bee), dies at 68
  • Jul 20 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • Jul 21 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • Jul 23 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), dies of aortic aneurysm at 76
  • Jul 25 Bryan Hextall, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (NY Rangers; 3-time 1st team NHL All Star), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Jul 25 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter ("Hound Dog"; "Ball & Chain"; "Stronger Than Dirt"), dies of heart and liver disorders at 57

Ed Gein

Jul 26 Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", dies of lung cancer at 77

George Gallup

Jul 26 George Gallup, American survey sampling pioneer and inventor of the Gallup poll, dies of a heart attack at 82

  • Jul 27 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), dies at 75
  • Jul 27 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jul 27 Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • Jul 28 Ahti Sonninen, Finnish composer (Pessi and Illusia, Rauhaa, vain rauhaa), dies at 70
  • Jul 28 Bess Flowers, actress (View from Pompey's Head), dies at 85
  • Jul 29 Fred Waring, American bandleader, conductor, and Waring Blender namesake, dies at 84
  • Jul 29 Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • Jul 30 Maurice Tremlett, cricketer (England pace bowler 1948-49), dies
  • Jul 31 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), dies from lung cancer at 79
  • Jul 31 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, dies at 103