What Happened in July 1988

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua
  • Jul 2 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Germany's Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of her Golden Slam

Golf Major

Jul 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Sally Little wins by 1 stroke from Laura Davies of England

  • Jul 3 Gene Nelson of the Oakland A's becomes first AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 in 9-8 win over Toronto Blue Jays

Historic Event

Jul 3 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus

  • Jul 3 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290

Sports History

Jul 4 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)

  • Jul 4 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-affected final

  • Jul 5 Wist Indies cricket paceman Malcolm Marshall takes career best 7-22, beat England by an innings & 156 at Old Trafford
  • Jul 6 Carlos Salinas de Gortari elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 6 North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • Jul 7 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act

Music History

Jul 7 Hungarian state funeral for composer Béla Bartók in Budapest, 42 years after his death with his remains relocated from New York

  • Jul 7 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • Jul 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 8 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)
  • Jul 8 Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

Music History

Jul 8 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992; he does not follow through

  • Jul 9 Chris Speier hits for the cycle & Ernest Riles hits 10,000th Giant HR

Music History

Jul 9 Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Sports History

Jul 9 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

Sports History

Jul 11 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

  • Jul 12 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 12 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg's had an affair with her
  • Jul 12 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
  • Jul 13 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan

Music Concert

Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

  • Jul 14 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak
  • Jul 14 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive

Film Release

Jul 15 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

Sports History

Jul 16 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100m in 9.78 sec

  • Jul 16 Florence Joyner runs 100m in women's world record 10.49 seconds
  • Jul 16 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's heptathlete record of 7,215 pts
  • Jul 16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • Jul 17 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Jul 17 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Jul 17 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)
  • Jul 18 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on cruise ship City of Poros

British Golf Open

Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his 3rd Open title by 2 shots from Nick Price of Zimbabwe

  • Jul 18 Shooting begins on Bond film "License to Kill"

Historic Event

Jul 20 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee

  • Jul 21 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)
  • Jul 21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • Jul 22 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research
  • Jul 23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton
  • Jul 24 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain
  • Jul 24 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Baltimore CC: Liselotte Neumann of Sweden wins her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

  • Jul 25 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM

Sports History

Jul 27 Baseball star Tommy John commits record 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3

  • Jul 27 Boston's worst traffic jam in 30 years
  • Jul 27 General Sein Lwin succeeds San Yu as the 6th President of Burma
  • Jul 27 Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer
  • Jul 28 IBM announces price hike on older models
  • Jul 28 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for 1st visit in 21 years
  • Jul 28 Jordan cancels $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank
  • Jul 28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • Jul 29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • Jul 29 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion

Historic Event

Jul 29 Gorbachev pushes plan to elect a Soviet president and parliament in March 1989

  • Jul 29 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit
  • Jul 29 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • Jul 29 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • Jul 30 ArenaBowl II, Allstate Arena, Rosemount, Illinois: Detroit Drive beats Chicago Bruisers 24-13, Steve Griffin MVP
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in 1 month
  • Jul 30 Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • Jul 30 Jordanian King Hussein renounces sovereignty over West Bank to the PLO, hours after dissolving Jordan's House of Representatives [1]
  • Jul 30 MLB Pitcher John Franco saves a record 13th game during the month of July
  • Jul 30 Ronald J Dossenbach begins world record ride, pedaling across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax (13 days, 15 hr, 4 min)
  • Jul 31 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia

Historic Event

Jul 31 Last Playboy Club closes in Lansing, Michigan

  • Jul 31 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium

Baseball Record

Jul 31 Oakland DH Jose Canseco smacks 2 home runs off Scott Bankhead in A's 6-2 win over Seattle Mariners; becomes first MLB player to hit 30 HRs in first 3 years

Hall of Fame

Jul 31 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Aleksander Lesun, Russian modern pentathlete (Olympic gold pentathlon 2016), born in Barysaw, Belarus
  • Jul 4 Luke Thompson, English actor (Benedict in Bridgerton), born in Southampton, England
  • Jul 5 Joe Lycett, English comedian (The Great British Seeing Bee), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 7 Kaci Brown, American singer, born in Sulphur Springs, Texas
  • Jul 11 Joan Smalls, Puerto Rican model, born in Hatillo, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 12 Inbee Park, South Korean golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2008, 13), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jul 12 Melissa O'Neil, Canadian actress (The Rookie) and singer (Canadian Idol, 2005), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jul 13 Steven R. McQueen, American Actor

Conor McGregor

Jul 14 Conor McGregor, Irish mixed martial artist (third multi-divisional champion in UFC history - Featherweight, Lightweight), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • Jul 14 James Vaughan, English footballer, born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 17 Summer Bishil, American actress, born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 18 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 20 Chloe Fineman, American comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jul 20 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing With The Stars), born in Orem, Utah
  • Jul 21 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • Jul 23 Pippa Bennett-Warner, English actress, born in Banbury, England
  • Jul 24 Luke Mitchell, Scottish murderer
  • Jul 25 Anthony Stokes, Irish soccer striker (9 caps Republic of Ireland; Celtic FC), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 25 Heather Marks, Canadian model, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jul 25 Sarah Geronimo, Filipino pop singer ("Tala") and actress (You Changed My Life), born in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
  • Jul 27 Adam Biddle, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 27 Ryan Tannehill III, American football quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans; NFL passer rating leader 2019), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Jul 28 Ayla Brown, American singer ("Let Love In"), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts
  • Jul 28 Casper Johansen, Danish footballer
  • Jul 31 Leonie Hanne, German fashion influencer, born in Hamburg, Germany

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 9 "Facts of Life," Lisa Whelchel weds Steve Cauble

Michael J. Fox

Jul 16 "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont

Wayne Gretzky

Jul 16 Canadian NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky (27) weds American 'Police Academy 5' / 'A League of Their Own' actress Janet Jones (27) in Edmonton, Alberta

  • Jul 17 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Chris Evert

Jul 30 American tennis player Chris Evert (33) weds American alpine skier Andy Mill (34) in Boca Raton, Florida (divorced 2006)

  • Jul 30 James Ogilvy (under Engl princess Alexandra) marries Julia Rawlinson

Famous Divorces

John Kerry

Jul 25 Heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (43) divorces politician John Kerry (44) after 18 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), dies at 68
  • Jul 1 Robert Riefling, Norwegian concert pianist and pedagogue (Royal Danish Academy, 1967-88; Norwegian Academy of Music from ,1973-88), dies at 76
  • Jul 2 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jul 3 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), dies of leukemia at 68
  • Jul 4 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, killed in auto accident at 34
  • Jul 7 Jimmy Edwards, British comedy writer and actor (Take It From Here, Whack-O!), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • Jul 9 Anthony Holland, American actor (Break Up) who suffered from HIV/AIDS, commits suicide at 60
  • Jul 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Jul 10 Errol John, Trinidadian actor and playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), dies at 63
  • Jul 11 Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger, British sociologist and criminologist, dies at 91
  • Jul 11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer (South Pacific), dies at 79 of palsy
  • Jul 12 Raymond W Goldsmith, US economist, dies at 83
  • Jul 13 Huub Bals, Dutch film promotor, dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104
  • Jul 14 Whitey Witt, American baseball player (NY Yankees, 1922-25), dies at 92
  • Jul 15 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats), dies at 82
  • Jul 17 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • Jul 18 Joly Braga Santos, Portuguese composer and conductor, dies of a stroke at 64
  • Jul 18 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German model, and pop singer (Velvet Underground - "Sunday Morning"; "I'll Be Your Mirror"), dies from a bicycle accident at 43
  • Jul 22 Duane Jones, American actor (Night of the Living Dead), and theater director, dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 51
  • Jul 22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Jahangir Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests India; Pakistan selector), dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), dies at 81
  • Jul 25 David Tobey, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (1918-45; first game with a 3-man officiating crew), dies at 90
  • Jul 25 Judith Barsi, American child actress (The Land Before Time), shot dead with mother by her father at 11
  • Jul 26 Fazlur Rahman, Pakistani modernist scholar, dies at 68
  • Jul 27 Brigitte Horney, German actress (Das Erbe der Guldenburgs), dies at 77
  • Jul 27 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • Jul 29 Ellin Berlin (née MacKay), American writer (Lace Curtain), and second wife of songwriter Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • Jul 29 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55
  • Jul 31 André Navarra, French concert cellist (Jolivet's Cello Concerto), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1947-88), dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Trinidad Silva, American character actor (Hill Street Blues -"Jesus Martinez"), killed in a car accident by a drunk driver at 38