On This Day

What Happened in July 1990

Historical Events

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Ridgewood CC: Lee Trevino wins by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus for his first Champions Tour major title

Golf Major

Jul 1 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Westmount GC: Cathy Johnston wins by 2 strokes from Patty Sheehan for her only LPGA Tour win

  • Jul 1 1st Zen winter session in Sydney Zen Center's Gorrick's Run Zendo
  • Jul 1 German Democratic Republic accepts Deutsche Mark as its currency
  • Jul 1 In Victoria, Australia, helmetless bike riding becomes illegal

Historic Event

Jul 2 Imelda Marcos and Adnan Khashoggi found not guilty of racketeering

  • Jul 2 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jul 3 Members of 2 Live Crew formally charged with obscenity in Florida
  • Jul 3 Liberian President Samuel Kanyon Doe offers to resign in response to rebel incursions in his country; he is later kidnapped and executed
  • Jul 4 400 New Kids on the Block fans treated for heat exhaustion in Minnesota
  • Jul 4 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 4 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address

Sports History

Jul 5 Steffi Graf's record run of 13 consecutive tennis Grand Slam singles finals ends, beaten in Wimbledon semi-finals 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 by American Zina Garrison

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her record 9th Wimbledon singles title beating American Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1

  • Jul 7 New Jersey Devils sign star Russian defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov to NHL contracts despite criticism they are taking North American jobs

Music Concert

Jul 7 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record

  • Jul 8 12:34:56 on 7/8/90 (1234567890)
  • Jul 8 Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning
  • Jul 8 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany, 1-0 win over Argentina
  • Jul 8 Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown

Sports History

Jul 9 New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-53 in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston to end Test career with 431 wickets

  • Jul 10 61st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-0 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 10 All star MVP: Julio Franco (Texas Rangers)

Film & TV History

Jul 10 Andrew Dice Clay cries on Arsenio Hall Show

  • Jul 10 Final day of Test Cricket for Richard Hadlee as New Zealand go down by 114 runs in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston
  • Jul 11 NYC police arrest "Dartman" (stabbed over 50 women with darts)
  • Jul 11 Oka Crisis: First Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins.
  • Jul 12 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington, DC

Historic Event

Jul 12 Boris Yeltsin quits the Soviet Communist Party

  • Jul 12 Chicago White Sox Melido Perez no-hits Yankees 8-0 in a rain shortened 6 inning game at Yankee Stadium (7th no-hitter of 1990)
  • Jul 12 In Soweto, South Africa, Shanty town women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent by authorities to demolish their homes
  • Jul 14 "Howard Stern's Summer Show" premieres on WWOR-TV (NYC)
  • Jul 14 Sara Martin, of Illinois, crowned America's Junior Miss

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Defending champion Betsy King wins consecutive titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan, the leader after each of first 3 rounds

  • Jul 16 400 die in a (7.7) earthquake in the Philippines
  • Jul 16 Bridgette LeAnn Wilson, 17, of Oregon, 8th crowned Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 16 Civil trial by parents of Suicide victims against Judas Priest begins
  • Jul 16 NYC's Empire State Building catches fire-no fatalities
  • Jul 16 Rick Dee's "Into the Night" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jul 16 Ukraine declares independence

Historic Event

Jul 16 The ANC send a report on police violence to President F. W. de Klerk and demanded an end to "the shocking inhumanity" of police action in rural areas of South Africa

  • Jul 17 Hussein's Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq

Baseball Record

Jul 17 NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

  • Jul 17 Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0
  • Jul 19 BASF plant in Cincinnati explodes in flames, 1 dies

Sports History

Jul 19 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion

  • Jul 19 Richard Nixon library opens in Yorba Linda, California

Sports History

Jul 19 Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee

  • Jul 20 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. resigns from the Supreme Court after 36 years
  • Jul 21 Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Washington

Music Concert

Jul 21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood; charity concert led by Roger Waters, with guests Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions,; Sinéad O'Connor, Bryan Adams, The Band, Van Morrison, The Hooters, and others

British Golf Open

Jul 22 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Englishman Nick Faldo wins the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships by 5 strokes from runners-up Mark McNulty & Payne Stewart

  • Jul 22 90th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Phil Mickelson
  • Jul 22 77th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 23 Rosie Jones (St Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America
  • Jul 23 South Africa workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested
  • Jul 24 Ms. Magazine hits newsstands again after an 8 month hiatus
  • Jul 24 US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait
  • Jul 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

Sports History

Jul 25 KC Royal George Brett hits for the cycle

  • Jul 25 Nadezhda Ryashkina of USSR sets 10K walk woman's record (41:56.23)

Sports History

Jul 25 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres MLB game

  • Jul 25 US Ambassador tells Iraq, US won't take sides in Iraq-Kuwait dispute
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 26 General Hospital records its 7,000th episode

Historic Event

Jul 26 US President George H. W. Bush signs Americans With Disabilities Act

  • Jul 26 US beats Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at Goodwill Games

Sports History

Jul 27 Graham Gooch scores 333 v India at Lord's

  • Jul 27 Tom Moody scores 100 in 26 mins in county cricket, world record
  • Jul 27 White-Russia declares independence

Film & TV History

Jul 27 Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

Historic Event

Jul 28 Alberto Fujimori installed as President of Peru

  • Jul 28 Blackout hits Chicago
  • Jul 29 26th Curtis Cup: US wins 14-4
  • Jul 29 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)

LPGA Championship

Jul 29 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Beth Daniel wins her only major title by 1 stroke from fellow American Rosie Jones

  • Jul 29 Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game
  • Jul 29 South Africa Communist Party begins 1st legal conference
  • Jul 29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Norcross, Georgia: US retains title with 2-1 victory over Soviet Union; Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson clinch final with 6-4, 6-3 win against Larisa Neiland & Natasha Zvereva
  • Jul 30 Five Bank of Credit & Commerce members found guilty of money laundering
  • Jul 30 Graham Gooch scores 123 v India to follow up 1st innings 333
  • Jul 30 Soldiers opens fire on worshippers in Monrovian church, 200-600 die

Sports History

Jul 30 George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of NY Yankees

  • Jul 30 The first Saturn automobile rolls off the assembly line.
  • Jul 31 Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence

Sports History

Jul 31 Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan records his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Lukas Geniušas, Russian-Lithuanian concert pianist, born in Moscow, Russia

Margot Robbie

Jul 2 Margot Robbie, Australian actress and producer (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), born in Dalby, Queensland

  • Jul 9 Fábio and Rafael da Silva, Brazilian footballers
  • Jul 11 Connor Paolo, American actor
  • Jul 11 Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player (Australian Open 2018), born in Odense, Denmark
  • Jul 13 Matt Weinberg, American actor
  • Jul 15 Damian Lillard, American basketball player (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 15 Olly Alexander [Oliver Thornton], British actor, singer-songwriter (Years & Years), and LGBT activist, born in Harrogate, England

Canelo Álvarez

Jul 18 Canelo Álvarez, Mexican boxer (multiple weight division world champion), born in Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Jul 19 Steven Anthony Lawrence, American actor
  • Jul 24 Evan James Springsteen, American rocker and Bruce Springsteen's son, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 24 Daveigh Chase, American actress, singer and model (Samantha Darko, Donnie Darko), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 26 Zach Serleth, American jazz, bluegrass, and klezmer bassist and banjo player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 27 Cheyenne Kimball, American musician (Gloriana), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Jul 27 Nick Hogan, American reality TV star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 27 Indiana Evans, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jul 28 Soulja Boy [DeAndre Cortez Way], American rapper, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 28 Shana Swash, English actress (EastEnders), born in London Borough of Camden, London
  • Jul 31 Olga Galchenko, Russian juggler, born in Penza, Russia

Famous Weddings

Hank Williams Jr

Jul 1 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

  • Jul 17 PLO-leader Jasser Arrafat marries Soha Tawil in Tunis

Berry Gordy

Jul 17 American Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton; divorce in 1993

Yasser Arafat

Jul 17 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (56) weds Suha Tawil (27)


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Anna Palk, actress (Play it Cool, Frozen Dead), dies of cancer at 48
  • Jul 1 Jurriaan Schrofer, graphic designer, dies
  • Jul 2 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, dies in automobile accident at 39
  • Jul 2 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • Jul 3 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Ludi Claire, American actress, dies at 70
  • Jul 5 Mitch Snyder, homeless advocate, commits suicide by hanging at 46
  • Jul 6 Jim Samuels, comedian, dies of spinal meningitis at 41
  • Jul 6 Paul Wynne, KGO-TV SF reporter, dies of AIDS at 46
  • Jul 6 Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), dies at 78
  • Jul 7 Bill Cullen, game show host (Price is Right), dies at 70 of cancer
  • Jul 7 Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, German Jesuit priest and Buddhism Zen teacher, dies at 92
  • Jul 7 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 8 Howard Duff, American actor (Flamingo Road, Knots Landing), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 8 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Brigitte D'Ortschy, German author, trnslator and Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies in Japan at 69
  • Jul 10 Hans Faverey, Dutch poet, dies at 55
  • Jul 10 Irene Champlin, dies after long illness at 59
  • Jul 11 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), dies at 67
  • Jul 12 Richard R Briggs, dies after short illness at 71
  • Jul 12 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, dies at 73
  • Jul 13 Lois Moran Young, dies of cancer at 81
  • Jul 14 Dallas Alinder, American actor, dies at 58
  • Jul 14 Philip Leacock, English director and producer, dies of collapsed lungs at 73
  • Jul 15 Alison Leggatt, British character actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), dies at 86
  • Jul 15 Troy Dixon, Ameican rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • Jul 15 Margaret Lockwood, British actress (Cast a Dark Shadow, The Lady Vanishes), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 73
  • Jul 16 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), dies at 62
  • Jul 16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and theater organist, dies from an intentional medication overdose at 82
  • Jul 17 Bernard Cowan, TV announcer, dies of kidney disease at 68
  • Jul 17 Tony Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944)), dies at 88
  • Jul 18 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), dies at 79
  • Jul 18 Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist (Menninger Clinic), dies at 96 of cancer
  • Jul 18 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (b. 1897)
  • Jul 18 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 19 Eddie Quillan, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Julia, Hell Town), dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 19 Herbert Nelson, actor (Guilding Light), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Jul 19 Johnny Wayne, comedian (Wayne & Shuster), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jul 20 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Obsessions, Pygmalion), dies
  • Jul 20 Herbert Jenkins, Atlanta's longest serving police chief (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • Jul 21 Sacha Piteoff, dies of heart failure at 70
  • Jul 21 Stanley Shapiro, dies of leukemia at 65
  • Jul 22 George Wood, dies of diabetes complications at 56
  • Jul 22 Preben Neergaard, Danish actor (Mordskab), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jul 22 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Georges Flamant, actor (La Chienne), dies in Paris at 86
  • Jul 23 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • Jul 23 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • Jul 23 Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese development of television (b. 1899)
  • Jul 24 Alan Clarke, director (Elephant, Road, Scum, Firm), dies at 54
  • Jul 26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead - "Hell In A Bucket"; "I Will Take You Home"), dies of a cocaine and morphine "speedball" overdose at 38
  • Jul 27 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • Jul 27 Elizabeth Allan, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Camille, Java Head), dies
  • Jul 27 Kim Thomas-Friedland, news anchor (FNN), dies at 32
  • Jul 27 Nick Pippins, American actor (Simon), dies of AIDS at 35
  • Jul 27 Salim Ali, Indian Ornithologist (Birdman of India), dies at 90
  • Jul 28 Armando Frid, of Argentina (Born May 24, 1866 Guin rec), dies at 124
  • Jul 28 Jill Esmond, actress (13 Women, My Pal Wolfe, FP 1), dies at 82
  • Jul 28 Maurice Braddell, actor (Things to Come), dies
  • Jul 28 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian politician (Chancellor, 1970-83; Foreign Minister, 1959-66), dies at 79
  • Jul 29 Bruno Kreisky, union chancellor Austria, dies
  • Jul 30 Ian Gow, British Conservative parliament leader, murdered
  • Jul 30 Karl Weber, dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jul 31 Fernando Sancho, dies after operation for malignant tumor at 72
  • Jul 31 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 87