On This Day

What Happened in July 1996

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Canadian NHL franchise Winnipeg Jets officially moves to Arizona, renamed the Phoenix Coyotes

Music History

Jul 1 Placido Domingo becomes artistic director of Washington Opera

  • Jul 1 WBSI TV replaces WNYC on channel 31 in NYC
  • Jul 1 In a tour match v India, Hampshire's Kevan James becomes the only 1st class cricketer to take 4 wickets in 4 balls - and then score a century (103)
  • Jul 3 UK House of Commons announces that the Stone of Scone, aka the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish (and subsequently English and British monarchs), will be returned to Scotland after 700 years in Westminster Abbey
  • Jul 4 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • Jul 4 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 5 Angels score 3 top 1st, Oakland A's respond with 13 bottom 1st, highest-scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in MLB history, A's win 16-8

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5 for her 20th Grand Slam title & 7th Wimbledon crown

  • Jul 6 In a 2-0 win v Brewers, New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 20 consecutive saves en route to 24
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Richard Krajicek becomes first Dutchman to win a Grand Slam singles title beating American MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Senior Golf, Canterbury GC: Dave Stockton wins by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin for his 3rd Champions Tour major title

  • Jul 7 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands

Historic Event

Jul 7 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

Music Single

Jul 8 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK

  • Jul 9 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 9 US Senate approves 90 cent raise to $4.25 minimum wage

Album Release

Jul 9 "Blue" debut album by LeAnn Rimes is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1997)

Sports History

Jul 12 Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder, retires after 12 seasons from Minnesota Twins, due to loss of vision in one eye

Contract of Interest

Jul 12 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls, for 1 year for $30.1 million

  • Jul 12 Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur
  • Jul 13 Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
  • Jul 14 "How To Succeed in Business..." closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 performances
  • Jul 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances

Golf Tournament

Jul 14 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Raymond Floyd wins first of 2 event titles by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin

  • Jul 14 New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 24 consecutive saves
  • Jul 14 NY Yanks sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time
  • Jul 15 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • Jul 15 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
  • Jul 15 Southern Mexico hit with 6.5 earthquake
  • Jul 15 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport
  • Jul 17 Paris-bound flight TWA 800, explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board the Boeing 747
  • Jul 18 Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Québec's costliest natural disasters ever
  • Jul 18 The UN approves an Iraqi aid distribution plan, a major step forward in the direction of allowing Iraq to sell oil under Resolution 986
  • Jul 19 Jason Gallian scores 312 in 683 mins for Lancashire v Derbyshire
  • Jul 19 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 20 In Spain an ETA bomb at an airport kills 35
  • Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

Sports History

Jul 21 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers

  • Jul 21 "The Daily Show" hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US
  • Jul 21 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • Jul 25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • Jul 27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • Jul 27 David Sales makes 210 on 1st class cricket debut for Northants v Worcs
  • Jul 27 Brazilian pair Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires win inaugural women's beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

Sports History

Jul 28 NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

  • Jul 28 Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
  • Jul 28 Americans Karch Kiraly & Kent Steffes win inaugural beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; Kiraly first to win gold in both indoor and beach events
  • Jul 28 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Defending champion Brian Barnes of Scotland wins by 3 strokes from Bob Charles and David Oakley
  • Jul 29 The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court

Sports History

Jul 29 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retires, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.

  • Jul 30 Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold individual 2014), born in Moscow, Russia

Dolly the Sheep

Jul 5 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, born in Scotland

  • Jul 11 Alessia Cara [Caracciolo], Canadian Juno and Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter ("Here"; "How Far I'll Go"), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Jul 20 Ben Simmons, Australian basketball point guard (2016 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jul 23 Rachel G. Fox, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Laurenceville, Georgia
  • Jul 23 David Dobrik, Slovakian YouTuber (The Vlog Squad), born in Košice, Slovakia

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Jul 20 Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) at Mary Tyler Moore's home in Millbrook, New York

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Jul 15 Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign divorce papers

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), dies at 75
  • Jul 1 Margaux Hemingway, American fashion model and actress (Lipstick), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 1 Michael Fraser, British Conservative Party political administrator, dies at 80
  • Jul 1 Steve Tesich, Serbian-American screenwriter and playwright (Breaking Away), dies at 53
  • Jul 1 William T. Cahill, American politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (1970-74), dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 3 Raaj Kumar, Hindi actor (Tiranga, Saudagar), dies at 69
  • Jul 3 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • Jul 4 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • Jul 4 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr, dies at 58
  • Jul 5 Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer, dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Clyde Wiegand, physicist, dies at 81
  • Jul 5 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, dies at 44
  • Jul 5 Erik Wickberg, 9th Salvation Army general, dies at 91
  • Jul 6 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • Jul 7 Albrecht Luitpold Ferdinand Michael, duke of Bavaria, dies at 91
  • Jul 8 Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), dies at 41
  • Jul 8 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 (James Woodie) J.W. Alexander, American gospel and soul music songwriter, singer, and producer (Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, Solomon Burke), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Jul 8 Thomas Mitchell, British architect and engineer, dies at 90
  • Jul 9 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician, dies at 76
  • Jul 9 Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and "Melvin Bellicose", dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Peter Martini, British journalist, dies at 31
  • Jul 9 Susan Cowdy, British ornithologist, dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman, dies at 79
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), dies at 72
  • Jul 11 Martin Corbett, English gay rights activist (Gay Liberation Front, OutRage!), dies of AIDS at 51
  • Jul 11 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • Jul 12 (Andrew) Rodger Waterson, Scottish zoologist, specializing in malacology (mollusks) and entomology (insects), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der Prozeß - The Trial), dies at 78
  • Jul 12 John Boon, English publisher (MiIls and Boon), dies at 79
  • Jul 12 John Chancellor, American journalist and news anchor (Voice Of America, 1965-67; NBC Nightly News, 1970-82), dies at 68
  • Jul 12 Jonathan Melvoin, American funk-rock keyboardist (Prince; Smashing Pumpkins, 1995-96), dies of a heroin overdose at 34
  • Jul 12 Nazar Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 100 Pakistan's 1st centurion), dies at 75
  • Jul 13 Pandro S. Berman, American film producer, dies at 91
  • Jul 13 Walter Hassan, British automotive engineer, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Kenneth Bainbridge, American physicist (measurements of mass differences between nuclear isotopes), dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Kim Besly, British Peace activist (Greenham Common), dies at 69
  • Jul 14 Jeff Krosnoff, American CART driver, killed in a racing accident at 31
  • Jul 15 Dana Hill, American actress (Vacation), dies at 32
  • Jul 16 Adolf von Thadden, German politician, (b. 1921)
  • Jul 16 John Panozzo, American rock drummer (Styx), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • Jul 17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Jul 17 Amancio D'Silva, Goan-Indian jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun") and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • Jul 17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • Jul 17 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, dies at 95
  • Jul 17 John William Fozard, aircraft designer, dies at 68
  • Jul 17 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Sid Sussman, beauty pageant organizer, dies of heart attack
  • Jul 18 Hans Fellner, bookseller, dies at 71
  • Jul 19 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), dies at 73
  • Jul 19 (Emmanual Tettey) "E.T." Mensah, Ghanaian saxophonist, known as the "King of Highlife" music (Accra Rhythmic Orchestra; The Tempos), dies at 77
  • Jul 19 Lawrence Jenco, American Roman Catholic priest who was held hostage in Beirut, Lebanon, dies at 61
  • Jul 19 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, wildlife conservationist, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Owen Tudor Williams, civil engineer, dies at 79
  • Jul 19 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77
  • Jul 21 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • Jul 21 Gerald McArthur, British Scotland Yard detective who caught the Great Train Robbers, dies at 80
  • Jul 21 Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), dies of emphysema 62
  • Jul 21 James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • Jul 21 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • Jul 21 Macha Rosenthal, American critic and poet (Poetry as Confession), dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader, dies at 65
  • Jul 22 Leon Shenandoah, Native American leader (Leader Of the Iroquois Confederacy), dies at 81
  • Jul 22 Peter Ludwig, German businessman and art collector, dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • Jul 22 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jul 23 Aliki Vougiouklaki, actress (Madalena), dies at 63
  • Jul 23 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author, activist and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 78
  • Jul 23 John Corner, scientist, dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, dies at 85 [1]
  • Jul 23 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), dies at 82
  • Jul 24 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • Jul 24 Virginia Christine [Ricketts], American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo), dies of cardiovascular disease at 76
  • Jul 25 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher, dies at 87
  • Jul 26 Arthur McDonald, Royal Air Force officer and radar pioneer, dies at 93
  • Jul 26 Evelyn Levine, American composer ("Scarlet Ribbons"), dies at 94
  • Jul 27 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician, dies at 86
  • Jul 28 Mickey Fenn, docker/socialist, dies at 58
  • Jul 28 Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and writer (How to Know Birds), dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), dies breast cancer at 48
  • Jul 29 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88
  • Jul 29 Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 29 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise) dies of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot at 28
  • Jul 29 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Father Alan Cheales, Dominican priest for 33 years, dies at 83

Claudette Colbert

Jul 30 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Jul 30 Magda Schneider, actress (Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), dies at 87
  • Jul 31 Joan Warburton, Scottish painter, dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59
  • Jul 31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)