On This Day

What Happened in July 1991

Historical Events

Film Premiere

Jul 1 "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong premieres at Century City, California

Film Release

Jul 2 Film "Boyz n the Hood" directed by John Singleton, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube is released

  • Jul 3 Gateway Board of Trustees approve a 20-year lease for the Cleveland Indians to play MLB at Jacobs Field
  • Jul 4 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Jul 5 MLB owners approve Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins as new NL franchises to start play in 1993
  • Jul 5 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 5 American jockey Ray Sibille wins his 3,000th career race, aboard Sporting Surf at Pleasanton, California

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon crown

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first ever all-German final Michael Stich beats Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6, 6-4

  • Jul 8 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Florida Marlins
  • Jul 8 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • Jul 9 "A Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Jul 9 62nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at SkyDome, Toronto

Sports History

Jul 9 All star MVP: Cal Ripken Jr (Baltimore Orioles)

  • Jul 9 South Africa re-admitted to Olympics

Election of Interest

Jul 10 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation

  • Jul 10 L'Express Airlines Beechcraft C-99 crashes in Alabama, killing 13
  • Jul 10 Foreign Minister R.F. Botha of South Africa signs accession to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty on behalf of South Africa
  • Jul 11 Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, files bankruptcy
  • Jul 11 Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii
  • Jul 11 Nigeria Airways DC-8 crashes at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing all 261 passengers and crew on board
  • Jul 13 Bob Milacki & 3 other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit A's 2-0

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 14 US Open Women's Golf, Colonial CC: Meg Mallon shoots final round 67 (−4) to finish 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Pat Bradley

  • Jul 14 Failed military coup in Mali
  • Jul 15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 15 US troops leave northern Iraq
  • Jul 15 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men's pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks and Philadelphia Spirit
  • Jul 18 Florida Marlins' logo unveiled

Meeting of Interest

Jul 18 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

  • Jul 19 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game
  • Jul 19 Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)
  • Jul 19 With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or better
  • Jul 20 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant
  • Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood
  • Jul 21 Sharmell Sullivan (Gary Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America

Hall of Fame

Jul 21 Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

Historic Event

Jul 22 Jeffrey Dahmer confesses to killing 17 men in 1978

  • Jul 23 James Farentino of "Dynasty" arrested in Canada for cocaine possession
  • Jul 23 Rob Dibble back from 3-game suspension, is ejected for throwing at and hitting Cubs baserunner Doug Dascenzo Cubs win, 8-5
  • Jul 24 Ottawa Rough Riders Board of Directors resign
  • Jul 24 Universityof Manchester scientist announce finding a planet outside of solar system
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern adds a 4th radio market (KLSX FM-97.1 Los Angeles)
  • Jul 25 Seattle Jay Buhner hits a 479' HR in Yankee Stadium
  • Jul 25 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long treated for an apparent suicide attempt after he learned he tested positive for steroid use
  • Jul 26 CFL assumes ownership of Ottawa Rough Riders
  • Jul 26 Expo's Mark Gardner no hits Dodgers for 9 innings, but loses in 10th
  • Jul 26 Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater
  • Jul 27 TV Guide publishes its 2000th edition

Musical Finale

Jul 28 Revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's musical "Gypsy", starring Tyne Daly, closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 105 performances and 2 Tony Award wins

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 28 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Jack Nicklaus matches course record of 65 to beat Chi Chi Rodriguez by 4 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff

  • Jul 28 29th Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Nottingham England (2-1)
  • Jul 28 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl in Wembley

Baseball Record

Jul 28 Dennis Martínez pitches the 13th perfect game in baseball history

Sports History

Jul 28 Tour de France: Spanish rider Miguel Induráin beats Gianni Bugno of Italy by 3' 36" for 1st of 5 consecutive Tour wins; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner

Federation Cup

Jul 28 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Nottingham, England: Spain wins first title with 2-1 victory over US; Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario clinch final 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson

  • Jul 29 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)

Sports History

Jul 29 Yankee Stadium fans throw cups and blowup dolls at Jose Canseco

  • Jul 30 MTV announces it will split into 3 channels in 1993
  • Jul 30 Red Sox Carlos Quintana is 11th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)

Music Single

Jul 30 Heavy metal band Metallica release their single "Enter Sandman"

  • Jul 31 Russia and US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
  • Jul 31 Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
  • Jul 31 The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacks Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Michael Wacha, American MLB pitcher (All Star 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jul 2 Burna Boy [Damini Ogulu], Nigerian singer-songwriter (African Giant), born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Jul 3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russian tennis player (French Open 2021 runner-up), born in Samara, Russia
  • Jul 3 Peggy Gou [Kim Min-ji], South Korean DJ and record producer, born in Incheon, South Korea
  • Jul 5 Jason Dolley, American actor and musician (Cory in the House), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 8 Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer (Liverpool FC, Netherlands national team captain), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Jul 8 Devon Conway, New Zealand cricket batsman (7th batsman in history to score a double century on Test debut; 200 v England 2021), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 8 Thuso Mbedu, South African actress (Is'Thunzi), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jul 9 Mitchel Musso, American actor (HAnnah Montana -"Oliver'; Paitr of Kings), born in Garland, Texas
  • Jul 12 Erik Per Sullivan, American actor
  • Jul 12 James Rodríguez, Colombian footballer (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Colombia national team), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • Jul 12 Pablo Carreño Busta, Spanish tennis player (Davis Cup 2019; US Open doubles 2016 runner-up), born in Gijón, Spain
  • Jul 16 Randall Bentley, American actor, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Jul 18 Karina Pasian, American-Dominican pop and R&B singer, and pianist, born in New York City
  • Jul 20 Scout Larue Willis, American 2nd daughter of actors Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
  • Jul 21 Sara Sampaio, Portuguese supermodel, born in Porto, Portugal
  • Jul 24 Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress (Arrow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 29 Miki Ishikawa, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado

Famous Weddings

Mary Travers

Jul 6 Folk singer Mary Travers (54) weds restaurateur Ethan Robbins

  • Jul 8 "Sanford and Son" actor-comedian Redd Foxx (68) weds Ka Ho Cho at The Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • Jul 20 Kirk Cameron marries Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble in upstate NY
  • Jul 27 American rocker Jani Lane (27), (Warrant - "Cherry Pie") marries American model Bobbie Brown (23); (divorced 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Joost Baljeu, painter/founder-editor Structure, dies
  • Jul 1 Michael Landon, American actor (Bonanza, Highway to Heaven), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jul 2 Lee Remick, American actress (Days of Wine & Roses), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jul 3 Irina Nijinska, Russian American dancer, dies at 77
  • Jul 3 Jimmy Van Alen, American tennis official (created Simplified Scoring System), dies at 88
  • Jul 4 Victor Chang, Australian physician (b. 1936)
  • Jul 5 Howard Nemerow, American poet laureate (Pulitzer), dies
  • Jul 5 Mildred Dunnock, dies at 87
  • Jul 6 Thorley Walters, actor (Trog, Edwardians, Daisy), dies at 78
  • Jul 6 Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jul 6 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (Rex Morgan, M.D.), dies at 79
  • Jul 8 James Franciscus, American actor (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Mr Novak, Longstreet), dies of emphysema 57
  • Jul 8 Lotte Palfi Andor, German-American actress (Lovesick, All That Jazz), dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jul 11 Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter (Satanic Verses), murdered
  • Jul 11 James McCallion, Scottish actor (Coogan's Bluff, Vera Cruz), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Jul 11 Roger Christian, American radio personality and lyricist ("Don’t Worry Baby"; "Little Deuce Coupe"; "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"), dies from kidney and liver failure at 57
  • Jul 13 Cor Ria Leeman, Flemish (youth)writer, dies
  • Jul 15 Bert Convy, American actor and game show host (Tattletales), dies at 57
  • Jul 16 Cornelis Z Forster [Da Kuneisi], Suriname granman/gaanman, dies
  • Jul 16 Dwight Weist, Radio actor/film narrator (Radio Days), dies at 81
  • Jul 16 Frank Rizzo, American politician (Mayor-D-Philadelphia, 1972-80), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jul 16 Robert Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to Spanish Rep), dies at 76
  • Jul 18 André Cools, Belgian Minister of Budget, murdered at 63
  • Jul 18 Harold Butler, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 12 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 78
  • Jul 19 Gino Negri, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 20 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), dies at 86
  • Jul 20 Earl Robinson, American composer, dies in a car accident at 81
  • Jul 21 Theodore Wilson, American actor dies after a stroke at 47
  • Jul 21 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • Jul 24 Freddie Brown, cricketer (English Test captain 1950-51), dies
  • Jul 24 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American yiddish writer (Yentl, Nobel Prize for Literature 1978), dies at 87
  • Jul 24 Karl Ellis, dies at 41
  • Jul 24 Jørn Elniff, Danish bebop jazz drummer (Music for Mice and Men; Bud Powell), dies at 53
  • Jul 25 Brian Haines, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, It), dies at 70
  • Jul 25 Lazar Kaganovich, Soviet politician and one of the main associates of Joseph Stalin, dies at 97
  • Jul 25 Toni Gerry, actress (Bullet for Joey, Lust for Life), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Carol Gillies, actress (Back Home, Baby Boom), dies at 50
  • Jul 27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89
  • Jul 28 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer exiled to Netherlands, dies at 45
  • Jul 30 Leonardus S van Egerat, travel expert, dies at 68
  • Jul 30 William Ball, American actor, director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), dies at 60