On This Day

What Happened in July 1987

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Bork nominated to Supreme Court, rejected in Oct by senate
  • Jul 1 New York City radio station WFAN-AM commences first 24 hour all sports radio format
  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • Jul 2 KC Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich hits 1st HR since 1982, in MLB comeback process, retired 1984 (Tourette syndrome)
  • Jul 2 Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
  • Jul 3 2 men became 1st hot-air balloon travelers to cross Atlantic

Sports History

Jul 3 Controversial NY Mets MLB star Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates for criticising his play; he is now an ordained minister

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

  • Jul 4 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

Historic Event

Jul 4 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl

Baseball Record

Jul 5 A's 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game as Oakland beats Red Sox, 6-2

Sports History

Jul 6 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan reaches 300th Test wicket milestone, during 3rd Test vs England at Leeds

  • Jul 6 1st of 3 massacres by Sikh extremists takes place in India
  • Jul 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women

Historic Event

Jul 7 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing

  • Jul 8 Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • Jul 9 1 million South Koreans demonstrate against Chun Doo Hwan regime
  • Jul 9 Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
  • Jul 11 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • Jul 11 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
  • Jul 12 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Islesmere GC: Jody Rosenthal wins by 2 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • Jul 12 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • Jul 12 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Brooklawn CC: South African Gary Player wins by a record 6 strokes ahead of Doug Sanders

  • Jul 12 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief

Music History

Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Music Single

Jul 13 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion"

  • Jul 14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

Sports History

Jul 14 All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)

  • Jul 14 Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million
  • Jul 14 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony

Sports History

Jul 14 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

  • Jul 14 Steve Miller's star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jul 14 Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law

Music History

Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

  • Jul 15 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • Jul 15 State of siege ends in Taiwan
  • Jul 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 16 Said Aouita runs world record 2000m (4:50.81)

Baseball Record

Jul 16 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo
  • Jul 17 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)
  • Jul 17 Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)
  • Jul 17 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • Jul 17 Iran and France break diplomatic relations
  • Jul 18 Molly Yard elected new President of National Organization for Women
  • Jul 18 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

British Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis

Album Release

Jul 21 Guns & Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

  • Jul 22 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 5k record (12:58.39) in Rome
  • Jul 22 Soyuz TM-3 launched with 3 cosmonauts (1 Syrian)
  • Jul 22 US began escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • Jul 23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Jul 23 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
  • Jul 23 Said Aouita of Morocco runs world record 5,000 m (12:58.39)
  • Jul 24 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
  • Jul 24 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 25 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt
  • Jul 25 USSR launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite
  • Jul 25 R. Venkataraman becomes the eighth President of India
  • Jul 26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland
  • Jul 27 John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi "Ivan the Terrible", testifies in Israel
  • Jul 27 Salt Lake City Trappers lose 7-5 to Billings Mustangs, ending their professional-record winning streak at 29 consecutive
  • Jul 27 First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreck begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 28 US Open Women's Golf, Plainfield CC: England's Laura Davies won the first of her 4 major titles in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff over runners-up Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner

Sports History

Jul 28 Ángel Cordero Jr.becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

Agreement of Interest

Jul 29 Ben & Jerry's and Jerry Garcia agree on new flavor: Cherry Garcia

  • Jul 30 An ANC car bomb directed at the headquarters of the Wits Command in Johannesburg South Africa kills 1 person and injures 68
  • Jul 31 Battle between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed

Baseball Record

Jul 31 Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers

  • Jul 31 Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle
  • Jul 31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model who died in unexplained circumstances, born in Almaty, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2008)

Sebastian Vettel

Jul 3 Sebastian Vettel, German auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2010-13), born in Heppenheim, Hesse, Germany

  • Jul 6 Caroline Trentini, Brazilian model, born in Panambi, Brazil
  • Jul 6 Kate Nash, English singer songwriter and actress, born in London, England
  • Jul 7 Lena Ma, Miss World Canada 4th runner-up, born in Jinan, China
  • Jul 8 Vlada Roslyakova, Russian model
  • Jul 11 Matej Gaspar, Yugoslavia, 5,000,000,000th person (UN)
  • Jul 11 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)
  • Jul 14 Adam Johnson, English footballer (Sunderland), born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • Jul 14 Dan Reynolds, American singer and songwriter (Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 17 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Jul 17 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver, born in Prague, Czechia
  • Jul 17 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer, born in Pontoise, France
  • Jul 17 Jeremih [Jeremy Felton], American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer ("Birthday Sex"; "Don't Tell 'Em"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 20 Brent Wilson, American rock bassist (Panic! At The Disco, 2004-06), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • Jul 21 AnnaLynne McCord, American actress (Nip, Tuck), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 24 Mara Wilson, actress (Mrs Doubtfire)
  • Jul 25 Michael Welch, American actor (Joan of Arcadia-Luke Girardi), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 26 Miriam McDonald, Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • Jul 29 Sabra Johnson, American dancer (So You Think You Can Dance), born in The Netherlands
  • Jul 31 Michael Bradley, American soccer defender (USA 150 caps; Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Jul 31 Brittany Byrnes, Australian actress (Oberon), born in New South Wales, Australia

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 7 "The Bold and the Beautiful" actress Hunter Tylo (25) weds actor Michael Tylo (38)

Famous Divorces

Michael Biehn

Jul 14 Actor Michael Biehn (30) divorces actress Carlene Olson (32) after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 3 Viola Dana, American silent screen actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), dies at 84
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, talent scout, promoter, and activist, "discovered" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 15 Alfie Bass [Abraham Basalinsky], British actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 71
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 17 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Richard Egan, American actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 24 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), dies of internal injuries at 64
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Alex Sadkin, American audio engineer, and record producer (Grace Jones; Thompson Twins), dies in a car crash in The Bahamas at 38
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"), dies at 71
  • Jul 26 Jim Bishop, American journalist and author (The Day Lincoln was Shot), dies at 79
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Jul 30 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies