On This Day

What Happened in July 1989

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 US Open Senior Men's Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Orville Moody wins by 2 from Frank Beard, 20 years after his US Open triumph in 1969

Golf Major

Jul 2 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Tammie Green wins her only LPGA major title with a 1 shot victory over fellow Americans Pat Bradley & Betsy King

  • Jul 2 American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)

Historic Event

Jul 2 Tiananmen Square student leader Wang Dan arrested and imprisoned for spreading counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement (trial not till 1991)

  • Jul 3 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3,000m steeplechase world record of 8:05.39 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules states do not have to provide funds for abortions
  • Jul 3 Movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)
  • Jul 3 Open Mind wins American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies when Nite of Fun is disqualified in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont

Film & TV History

Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

  • Jul 4 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)

Television Debut

Jul 5 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

Music History

Jul 5 British singer Rod Stewart hits his head on a lighting fixture while on stage and knocks himself out in Pine Knob, Michigan [1]

Baseball Record

Jul 5 Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh's 6-4 loss vs SF Giants, joining father Bobby Bonds as MLB father-son HR record holders (408)

Sports History

Jul 6 Ex-Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game; he elects not to play

  • Jul 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • Jul 7 Concert by the Grateful Dead with Bruce Hornsby & the Range becomes final event at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, six days before structure is condemned
  • Jul 8 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina
  • Jul 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden's Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

  • Jul 9 Two bombs explode in Mecca, killing one pilgrim and wounding 16 others
  • Jul 10 Paula Ivan runs female world record 1 mile (4:15.61)

Sports History

Jul 11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)

  • Jul 11 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts All Star Game

Sports History

Jul 12 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)

  • Jul 14 Jessye Norman sings French national anthem, La Marseillaise at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to celebrate 200th anniversary of the French Revolution

Film Release

Jul 14 Film "When Harry Met Sally" is released starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron

  • Jul 16 US Open Women's Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 2 consecutive titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 16 South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid
  • Jul 17 1st test flight of US stealth bomber

Music Single

Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases single "This One", from his album "Flowers In The Dirt"

  • Jul 17 Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances
  • Jul 18 48 cm rainfall at Rockport, West Virginia (state record)
  • Jul 19 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007

Sports History

Jul 19 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

  • Jul 19 United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112
  • Jul 20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona

Historic Event

Jul 20 Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest

  • Jul 20 Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's show opens at Washington, D.C.'s Project for the Arts after the Smithsonian Institution's Corcoran Gallery cancels it
  • Jul 21 Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 21 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss

British Golf Open

Jul 23 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Mark Calcavecchia wins his only major title in first ever 4-hole aggregate playoff with Australians Greg Norman and Wayne Grady

  • Jul 23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • Jul 23 Winds gust to 85 MPH at Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Jul 23 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA

Music Concert

Jul 23 Ringo Starr's first All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Clarence Clemons, Dr. John, Billy Preston, and Jim Keltner

  • Jul 24 Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • Jul 25 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 27 Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy is 10th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (6th)
  • Jul 28 Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
  • Jul 28 Cards' Vince Coleman is caught stealing ends record streak at 50
  • Jul 28 NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz

Album Release

Jul 28 Gloria Estefan releases her debut solo album "Cuts Both Ways"

  • Jul 29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan

Sports History

Jul 29 MLB Philadelphia Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32

  • Jul 29 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases
  • Jul 29 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
  • Jul 30 Chile amends its constitution
  • Jul 31 MLB Minnesota Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to New York Mets

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Daniel Ricciardo, Australian auto racer (Monte Carlo GP 2018), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Jul 1 Mitch Hewer, English actor (Skins), born in Bristol, England
  • Jul 1 Hannah Murray, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Bristol. England

Alex Morgan

Jul 2 Alex Morgan, American soccer player (Orlando Pride) and co-captain of the US women's national soccer team, born in San Dimas, California

  • Jul 5 Joseph King, American singer-songwriter (Canvas)
  • Jul 9 Giannoulis Fakinos, Greek footballer, born in Naxos, Greece
  • Jul 10 Sameer Gadhia, American musician (Young the Giant)
  • Jul 11 David Henrie, American actor
  • Jul 13 Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
  • Jul 13 Leon Bridges, American soul singer-songwriter (Coming Home), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 14 Sean Flynn-Amir, American actor
  • Jul 15 Tristan Wilds, American actor
  • Jul 16 Gareth Bale, Welsh soccer winger (Tottenham, Real Madrid, Wales), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 17 Marko Todorović, Swiss swimmer and water polo player, born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jul 17 Josie Loren Lopez, American actress (17 Again, Make It or Break It), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 20 Witwisit Hirunwongkul, Thai actor
  • Jul 21 Chris Gunter, Welsh footballer, most capped for Wales (2018), born in Newport, Wales
  • Jul 21 Rory Culkin, American actor (Signs), born in New York City
  • Jul 21 Juno Temple, English actress (Ted Lasso), born in London, England
  • Jul 22 Caroline Giuliani, daughter of NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, born in NYC, New York

Daniel Radcliffe

Jul 23 Daniel Radcliffe, English actor (Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series of movies), born in London, England

  • Jul 24 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Jul 25 Noel Callahan, Canadian actor (Romeo!), born in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jul 27 Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress (Naturally, Sadie), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Amy Yang, South Korean golfer (US Open 2012, 15 runner-up), born in Seoul, South Korea

Victoria Azarenka

Jul 31 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player (Australian Open 2012-13), born in Minsk, Belarus


Famous Weddings

Hugh Hefner

Jul 1 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

Bryan Cranston

Jul 8 Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (33) weds actress Robin Dearden (35)


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
  • Jul 1 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 3 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • Jul 3 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • Jul 4 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies at 73
  • Jul 4 Jack Haig [John Cecil Coppin], English actor ('Allo, Allo!), dies of stomach cancer at 76
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; is Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, dies at 84
  • Jul 6 Janos Kádár, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary 5th Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), dies at 80

Laurence Olivier

Jul 11 Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82

  • Jul 13 Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered
  • Jul 13 Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, Cubans general, executed
  • Jul 14 Frank Bell, British educator and founder of The Bell Educational Trust Limited, dies at 72
  • Jul 14 Herman David Koppel, Danish pianist and composer dies at 89
  • Jul 15 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jul 17 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • Jul 18 Donnie Moore, pitcher (Angels), shoots himself at 35
  • Jul 18 Rebecca Schaeffer, American actress (Patti-My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21
  • Jul 19 Carl-Heinz Schroth, German director and actor (Strafverteidiger), dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (b. 1913)
  • Jul 20 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • Jul 20 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
  • Jul 23 Donald Barthelme, American author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 23 Claude Harmon, American golfer (US Masters 1948), dies of heart failure at 73
  • Jul 24 Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • Jul 25 Steve Rubell, American night club owner (b. 1943)
  • Jul 28 Jeff Richards [Richard Mansfield Taylor], American actor (Don't Go Near the Water), dies of acute respiratory failure at 64
  • Jul 30 Lane Frost, American bull rider, dies from injuries sustained by being gored by a bull at 25