On This Day

What Happened in July 1994

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Fokker's-28 crashes at Tidjikja, Mauritania (94 killed)
  • Jul 1 Roman Herzog sworn in as German president
  • Jul 1 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-19 launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
  • Jul 1 Yassar Arafat returns to Gaza strip

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Conchita Martínez of Spain upsets Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for her only Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jul 2 John Wayne Bobbitt & Kristina Elliot arrested for domestic battery
  • Jul 2 Middlesex cricket seam bowler Richard Johnson takes all 10 Derbyshire wickets for 45 runs at the County Ground in Derby
  • Jul 2 US Air DC-9 crash in North Carolina, 37 killed

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras successfully defends title against Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 7-6, 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 3 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: South African Simon Hobday wins by 1 stroke from Graham Marsh of Australia and Jim Albus
  • Jul 3 FIFA World Cup: In a huge upset Romania eliminates Argentina 3-2 from the round of 16 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • Jul 3 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people killed in crashes.
  • Jul 4 Rwandese Patriotic Front occupies Kigali
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup: A Bebeto strike saves Brazil from embarrassment, beat USA 1-0 at Stanford
  • Jul 5 The United States announces it will no longer accept unrestricted immigration from Haiti

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 5 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos

  • Jul 5 "Cracked Rear View" debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish is released
  • Jul 6 Irina Privalova runs 100m European Record (10.77)
  • Jul 6 Lerou Burrell runs world record 100m (9.85)
  • Jul 6 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 6 "Forrest Gump", directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1995)

Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Actress Robin Wright
Robin Wright
  • Jul 7 North Yemenite troops occupy Aden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 8 Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Jul 8 Sonia O'Sullivan runs female 2K world record (5:25.36)
  • Jul 8 Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches
  • Jul 8 St Maarten "Godfather" Claude Wathey sentenced to 1½ years
  • Jul 9 11,000th HR in NY Yankees history (Matt Nokes)
  • Jul 9 Sonia O'Sullivan runs world record 2k (5:25.36)
  • Jul 9 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-18 lands after successful trip to Mir spacestation
  • Jul 10 "Hedda Gabler" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Jul 10 Nepal premier Girija Prasadkoirala resigns
  • Jul 10 Sonia O'Sullivan runs female world record 2K (5:25.36)
  • Jul 11 Suriname guilder devalued: NŸ1 = SŸ105
  • Jul 12 65th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-8 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Fred McGriff (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jul 12 Nomination hearings for Steven Breyer for supreme court justice begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Jeff Gillooly sentenced to 2 years for attack on Nancy Kerrigan

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • Jul 13 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing
  • Jul 14 Gas explosion at old age home in Milan, 27 killed
  • Jul 15 Gyula Horn sworn in as premier of Hungary
  • Jul 15 Israel and Jordan agree to talks in Washington, D.C. on July 25th
  • Jul 15 NJ Nets Derrek Coleman accused of rape in Detroit
  • Jul 15 Sonia O'Sullivan runs 3K (8:21.64)

Murder of InterestRwandan Genocide

Jul 15 Hundreds of thousands of Hutus flee to Zaire in the Congo near the end of the Rwandan Genocide

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Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
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  • Jul 16 "Sisters Rosensweig" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 556 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 "The Three Tenors", Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, perform in Los Angeles, California

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • Jul 16 Baseball Night in America premieres (no Saturday day games)
  • Jul 16 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 1st collides with Jupiter (collisions continue until 22 July)
  • Jul 16 Shreveport Pirates lose first CFL home game, 35-34 to the Toronto Argonauts at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jul 16 Spanish fishing boats sink a French fishing boat over fishing rights

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 17 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Nick Price of Zimbabwe claims the second of his 3 major titles and only Claret Jug; wins by 1 stroke from Jesper Parnevik of Sweden

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • Jul 17 FIFA World Cup Final, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Brazil beats Italy 3-2 on penalties; 0-0 after extra time
  • Jul 17 French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler Ric Flair
Professional Wrestler
Ric Flair
  • Jul 18 Bomb attack on Jewish center AMIA in Buenos Aires, 86 killed
  • Jul 18 Comet Shoemaker-Levy's largest collision with Jupiter leaves black spot 12,000 km across
  • Jul 18 Court upholds NBA salary cap and draft rights
  • Jul 18 Crayola announces introduction of scented crayons
  • Jul 18 Houston Astros tie NL comeback record, trailing 10-0, beat Cards 15-12
  • Jul 18 NY Jets sign USA soccer goalkeeper Tony Miola as a place kicker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 "Kiss From a Rose" released by Seal (Grammy Record and Song of the Year)

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
  • Jul 19 1st game ever cancelled at Seattle Kingdome (falling tiles)
  • Jul 19 Bomb explosion in Alas Airlines at Colon Panama, 21 killed
  • Jul 19 Leonid Kvetjsma sworn in as Ukraine president
  • Jul 20 Major parts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter (July 16th-22nd)
  • Jul 20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 Supreme Leader of North-Korea, Kim Il-sung is placed in a public Mausoleum at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

North Korean Founder and Dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean Founder and Dictator
Kim Il-sung

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 Alexander Lukashenko is inaugurated as the first president of Belarus

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 21 Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • Jul 22 23rd & last part of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter (since July 16th)
  • Jul 22 Doc Gooden admitted to Betty Ford Center
  • Jul 22 Mariners play Red Sox as home team at Fenway, as Kingdome is repaired
  • Jul 22 Military coup in Gambia: President Dawda Jawara flees
  • Jul 22 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder
  • Jul 22 William Sigei runs world record 10k (26:52.53)
  • Jul 23 All 40,000 ceiling tiles in Kingdome must be replaced
  • Jul 23 Amy Osmond of Utah, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 Dancer and actor Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 Don Mattingly becomes 6th NY Yankee to get 2,000 hits

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Jul 23 Goodwill Games open in St Petersburg
  • Jul 23 Longest baseball rain delay (3:39) as Giants beat Mets 4-2 in NYC
  • Jul 23 Space shuttle STS-65: Columbia 17, lands after record 14 days 55 mins
  • Jul 23 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American Tom Wargo wins by 2 strokes from Bob Charles and Doug Dalziel
  • Jul 24 32nd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Patty Sheehan wins her second title in 3 years, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tammie Green; 5th of her 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Jul 24 Asociación de Estados del Caribe (AEC) forms
  • Jul 24 Bodo kills 37 Muslims in Bashbari NE India
  • Jul 24 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 4th consecutive Tour, 5' 39" ahead of Piotr Ugrumov; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner
  • Jul 24 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Spain retains title with 3-0 win over US; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario clinches victory with 6-2, 6-1 win over Lindsay Davenport
  • Jul 25 Jordan and Israeli end 46 year state of war (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jul 26 Cambodia's Red Khmer surprise attack on train, kills 13
  • Jul 26 Turkish air force bombs Kurds, struggle in Iraq, 70 killed
  • Jul 28 Baseball players decide to strike on Aug 12, 1994
  • Jul 28 Last steel beam is placed on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Jul 28 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers throws the only perfect game in franchise history, against the California Angels
  • Jul 29 200,000 Muslims demand the death of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin in Bangladesh
  • Jul 29 Corrupt Italian ex-premier Craxi gets 8½ year jail sentenced
  • Jul 29 Henny Eman's Aruban Peoples Party wins parliamentary election in Aruba
  • Jul 29 India army kills 27 Muslim militants
  • Jul 29 Jesse Timmedequas rapes and murders Megan Kanka, 7 (results in Megan's Law)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Rebecca Rosso and Camilla Rosso, British actresses
  • Jul 13 Ridge Canipe, American actor (Walk the Line, A Single Man, Music Within), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • Jul 16 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor (Ugly Betty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Ricardo Dela Corte, Italian test tube baby born to oldest (62) mother
  • Jul 27 Winnie Harlow [born Chantelle Brown-Young], Canadian model with vitiligo (America's Next Top Model), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 27 Princess Mafalda-Ceceilia of Bulgaria
  • Jul 31 Lil Uzi Vert [Symere Woods], American rapper and songwriter (Love Is Rage 2; Eternal Atake), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 2 "Green Day" vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (22) weds Adeline Records co-owner Adrienne Nesser (24)

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 3 Actress Natasha Richardson (31) weds actor Liam Neeson (42) at a private ceremony in New York

  • Jul 10 The "Anthrax" heavy-metal guitarist Scott Ian (31) weds Debbie Leavitt (23) in Huntington Beach, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 10 Fred Norris (from the Howard Stern Show) marries Allison Furman

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jul 14 Princess Margaret's daughter Sarah Armstrong-Jones (30) weds ex-actor and fellow artist Daniel Chatto (37) at St. Stephen Walbrook Church in London
  • Jul 16 Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds ½ billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89)
  • Jul 18 "The Cranberries" lead singer Dolores O'Riordan (22) weds Don Burton (32) in Ireland

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 29 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries 2nd wife writer Polly Samson

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Jul 30 Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (49) weds Naomi Baka (35) in Maui, Hawaii

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 7 Actress Diane Lane files for divorce from Christopher Lambert

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Johanna Ader-Appels, resistance fighter/author, dies
  • Jul 2 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (51 caps, World Cup own goal vs US), dies of a gunshot wound at 27
  • Jul 2 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), dies of diabetes at 66
  • Jul 2 Maung Maung, premier of Burma (1988), dies at 69
  • Jul 2 Ralph C Rinzler, folklorist (Greenbriar Boys), dies at 59
  • Jul 3 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, dies at 80
  • Jul 3 Harry Ebbeling, PC-corrector, dies at 54

Person of interestLew Hoad

Jul 3 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), dies of a heart attack at 59

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Jul 3 Pieter Hennipman, Dutch economist, dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, dies at 69
  • Jul 4 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 4 Liesbeth Struppert, Dutch actress (Pipo the Clown, Anne Frank), dies at 55
  • Jul 4 Rupert Davies, English methodist scholar, dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Tawfik Ziad, Palestinian communist/Israeli MP/mayor of Nazareth, dies
  • Jul 4 Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • Jul 5 Ad Gang, Dutch Liberal Party Asst Secretary of State, dies at 67
  • Jul 6 Cameron Mitchell, American actor (The High Chaparral), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Jul 6 Geoffrey McQueen, TV writer, dies at 46
  • Jul 7 Anita Garvin, American actress (Sailors Beware), dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Rosa Chacel, spanish Novelist, dies at 96
  • Jul 7 Carlo Chiti, Italian race car engineer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 8 Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox], American actor (Darren in "Bewitched"), dies of cancer at 64
  • Jul 8 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer

Person of interestKim Il-sung

Jul 8 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), dies of a heart attack at 82

North Korean Founder and Dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean Founder and Dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • Jul 8 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 8 Christian-Jaque [Christian Maudet], French film director (Fearless Little Soldier, Race for Life, The Pearls of the Crown), dies at 89
  • Jul 9 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
  • Jul 9 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), dies at 72
  • Jul 10 Earl Strum, referee (NBA), dies of brain cancer at 66
  • Jul 10 Otto Bonsema, soccer star/trainer (GVAV, Veendam), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Alan David Melville, polymath, dies at 82
  • Jul 11 Bart Scheepens, actor/director, dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67

Person of interestGary Kildall

Jul 11 Gary Kildall, American computer scientist, creator of CP/M, dies at 52

Computer Scientist Gary Kildall
Computer Scientist
Gary Kildall
  • Jul 11 James Topping, author of CP/M, dies at 52
  • Jul 11 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), dies at 57
  • Jul 11 Wim Jurg, corrector/chairman (Werelddambond FMJD), dies at 49
  • Jul 11 Savannah [Shannon Michelle Wilsey], American pornographic film actress, dies after a suicide attempt at 23
  • Jul 12 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, dies at 56
  • Jul 12 Henk Terlingen, radio/TV-host (Sport in Image), dies at 52
  • Jul 12 James Bysse Joll, British historian, dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79
  • Jul 13 Bob Payton, American pizza magnate (The Chicago Pizza Pie Factory), dies at 50
  • Jul 13 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), dies of aspiration pneumonia and respiratory failure at 92
  • Jul 14 Patrick Crommelynck, Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • Jul 14 Robert Jungk, German/French/Us/Austrian philosopher/historian, dies
  • Jul 14 Taeko Kuwata, Japanese/Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • Jul 14 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 54
  • Jul 14 William D. Revelli, American band leader, dies at 92
  • Jul 15 Jeanne Bieruma Oosting, Dutch painter/illustrator, dies
  • Jul 16 M Vink, surgeon (1st Dutch kidney transplant), dies at 78
  • Jul 16 Madzy Rollin Couquerque, tennis star/international hockey, dies at 91
  • Jul 16 Julian Schwinger, American physicist (1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for quantum electrodynamics), dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Jean Borotra, French tennis player (Wimbledon 1924, 26), dies at 95
  • Jul 18 Gottfried Reinhardt [Goldmann], German/American director, dies at 83
  • Jul 19 Frederik "Frits" van der More, archaeologist/art historian, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Gottfried Reinhardt, theatre Producer, dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Nathan Susskind, Slovak/US linguist (Yiddish), dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Nick Banton, founder of Body Positive, dies at 37
  • Jul 19 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), dies at 90
  • Jul 20 Paul Delvaux, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 96
  • Jul 20 Reginald Hall, English endocrinologist, dies at 83
  • Jul 21 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • Jul 21 John Ernest, American constructionist artist, dies at 72
  • Jul 21 Hugh Scott, American lawyer and politician (Senate Minority Leader 1969-77), dies at 93
  • Jul 23 Aad Ivens, Dutch checkers player, dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man, Christmas Holiday, This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • Jul 23 Henry William Collins, English artist, dies at 84
  • Jul 24 Grete Schickedanz, German head mistress, dies at 82
  • Jul 24 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988), dies at 26
  • Jul 25 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), dies from cancer at 67
  • Jul 26 Marino Iandioro, canned tomato pioneer, dies at 64
  • Jul 26 Thomas Davis, US movie editor/son of MGM-chief Frank D, dies at 26
  • Jul 26 Owen "Terry" Scott, British actor and comedian (Terry and June, Carry On Films), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jul 27 H Minderop, founder/chairman (TROS-radio/TV), dies
  • Jul 27 Rosa Chacel, Spanish author, dies at 96
  • Jul 27 Tatiana Tauer, harpist, dies at 48
  • Jul 27 Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner & member of the Bang-Bang Club, suicide at 33
  • Jul 28 Bernard Delfont, Rus/British impresario (Thorn EMI), dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, dies at 69
  • Jul 28 Selwyn Powell, art Editor, dies at 82
  • Jul 29 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British biochemist (B-12, Nobel 1964), dies at 78
  • Jul 29 Francisco Veguillas, Spanish general, murdered at 68
  • Jul 29 John Bayard Britton, abortion doctor, killed by Paul Hill

Person of interestDorothy Hodgkin

Jul 29 Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist who developed protein crystallography, 3rd woman to win a Nobel Prize (1964), dies of a stroke at 84

  • Jul 30 Enid Balint-Edmonds, British psychoanalyst, dies at 90
  • Jul 30 Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter, dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Theo van Scheltinga, skater, dies at 80
  • Jul 31 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • Jul 31 Caitlin Thomas, dies
  • Jul 31 G de Ru, chairman of Dutch Reformed Synode, dies
  • Jul 31 Pieter C Buitendijk, co-founder (Free Netherlands), dies at 92