What Happened in July 1989

Historical Events

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

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 2 Canadian Open 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

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 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)
  • Jul 3 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3k steeplechase rec (8:05.39) in Stockholm
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jul 5 "The Seinfeld Chronicles" [or Good News, Bad News], pilot episode of Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld debuts on NBC

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 5 Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage and knocks himself out

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 5 South African President P. W. Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

Sports record brokenBaseball 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)

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Jul 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • Jul 8 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina

  • Jul 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Jul 12 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)
  • Jul 16 44th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy King
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases "This One"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jul 22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jul 23 118th British Golf Open: Mark Calcavecchia shoots a 275 at Royal Troon
  • Jul 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jul 29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • Jul 29 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 Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Mitch Hewer, English actor
  • Jul 1 Hannah Murray, English actress
  • Jul 5 Joseph King, American musician (Canvas)
  • Jul 7 Giannoulis Fakinos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 10 Sameer Gadhia, American musician (Young the Giant)
  • Jul 11 David Henrie, American actor
  • Jul 13 Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jul 21 Jamie Waylett, British actor
  • Jul 21 Rory Culkin, American actor
  • Jul 22 Caroline Giuliani, daughter of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994- ), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestDaniel Radcliffe

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

  • 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, Canada
  • Jul 31 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player, born in Minsk

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner

HeartWedding of Interest

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 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 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 6 Janos Kádár, premier 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

Person of interestLaurence 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 15 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies 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 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