What Happened in July 1997

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 1 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June

  • Jul 1 STS 94 (Columbia 23) launches into orbit
  • Jul 1 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • Jul 3 Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
  • Jul 4 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: 16 year old Swiss Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years

  • Jul 6 Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh completes twin centuries (108 & 116) in 268 run 3rd Test win v England at Old Trafford

Hall of Fame

Jul 6 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson's uniform #10

  • Jul 6 Musical revue "Dream", based on songs of Johnny Mercer, closes at Royale Theatre, NYC, after 109 performances

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Cédric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th Grand Slam title

  • Jul 7 Tower, Minnesota temperature dips to 24°F
  • Jul 8 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
  • Jul 8 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • Jul 9 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • Jul 10 Hideki Irabu makes MLB debut as a NY Yankee, beats Tigers 10-3
  • Jul 10 Louise Woodward's trial begins in Massachusetts Nanny murder trial
  • Jul 10 RJR Nabisco announces it will replace Joe Camel in new ads
  • Jul 10 Spain, Partido Popular member Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests
  • Jul 12 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit
  • Jul 12 Pittsburgh Pirates duo Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Houston Astros, 3-0 in 10 innings at Three Rivers Stadium
  • Jul 13 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77

Sports History

Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Larry Gilbert wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer and Dave Stockton

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

  • Jul 14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • Jul 15 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6M (later reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker
  • Jul 17 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 17 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • Jul 21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
  • Jul 21 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years
  • Jul 22 "One Piece", world's best-selling manga and comic series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda first appears serialized in "Weekly Shōnen Jump" in Japan
  • Jul 22 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris

Sports History

Jul 22 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches

  • Jul 22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • Jul 22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
  • Jul 23 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
  • Jul 23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act

Film & TV History

Jul 25 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby

  • Jul 25 Canadian rocker Rick Danko (The Band) gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
  • Jul 25 Carroll O'Connor found not guilty of slandering Harry Perzigian
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • Jul 25 K. R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit, formerly called "untouchable" to hold the office
  • Jul 25 QB Brett Favre, re-signs with Green Bay Packers for $50M for 7 yrs
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Jul 25 Vincent "The Chin" Gigante found guilty of racketeering in NYC
  • Jul 27 "Candide" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Jul 27 "Victor/Victoria" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 738 performances
  • Jul 27 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany

Sports History

Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins with birdie on 2nd playoff hole against countryman John Bland

  • Jul 27 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16
  • Jul 27 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
  • Jul 28 Guatemala becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

Sports History

Jul 28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

  • Jul 28 Peter Graf, father of Steffi, enters German jail for tax evasion
  • Jul 30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia
  • Jul 30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14

Baseball Record

Jul 31 A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

  • Jul 31 College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 9 Tatjana Schoenmaker, South African swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 2020), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Malala Yousafzai

Jul 12 Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province

  • Jul 20 Billi Bruno, American actress
  • Jul 22 Field Cate, American actor (Pushing Daisies), and rock guitarist (Fencer), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Jul 24 Andreas Varady, Hungarian-Romani jazz guitarist, born in Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 4 "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (34) weds model-actress Nikki Schieler (26) in Beverly Hills, California

Bill Murray

Jul 4 Actor Bill Murray (46) weds costume designer Jennifer Butler (30); divorce in 2008

Chrissie Hynde

Jul 10 American rock musician Chrissie Hynde (45) marries Columbian artist Lucho Brieva; divorced in 2002

Wedding of Interest

Jul 26 Director James Cameron (42) weds actress Linda Hamilton (40) in Malibu, California

  • Jul 28 Two-time Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton (38) weds documentary director Timothy Delarm (35) in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • Jul 1 Robert Mitchum, American actor (Out of the Past, Winds of War, North & South), dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 79

James Stewart

Jul 2 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story; It's a Wonderful Life; Mr Smith Goes to Washington; Vertigo), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 89

  • Jul 4 Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Mexican drug lord (Juárez Cartel), dies at 40
  • Jul 4 Charles Kuralt, American news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • Jul 5 Mrs. Miller, American singer (A Lover's Missouri), dies at 89
  • Jul 6 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Michael Jaffe, English professor and museum director (Fitzwilliam Museum), dies at 74
  • Jul 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (b. 1968)
  • Jul 15 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70

Murder of InterestGianni Versace

Jul 15 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), shot and murdered by Andrew Cunanan at 50

  • Jul 16 Dora Maar, French photographer, painter and poet, lover of Picasso, dies at 89
  • Jul 18 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Clifford McWatt, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests, 10 dismissals; British Guiana), dies in a car crash at 75
  • Jul 20 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • Jul 23 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (Olympic gold triple jump 1932; only person to have held WRs in both long jump & triple jump), dies at 93
  • Jul 24 Andrew Cunanan, American serial killer (Gianni Versace), commits suicide at 27
  • Jul 24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumor at 63
  • Jul 24 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 81
  • Jul 24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • Jul 24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91

Ben Hogan

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), dies of a stroke at 84

  • Jul 25 Dora Maar, Picasso model/companion, dies at 89
  • Jul 25 Margaret Farrer, midwife, dies at 83
  • Jul 27 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • Jul 27 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • Jul 28 Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (Armchair Theatre: Black Limelight, Four Weddings and a Funeral), dies at 77
  • Jul 28 Seni Pramoj, Prime Minister of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies
  • Jul 29 Chuck Wayne [Jagelka], America session and bebop jazz guitarist (Woody Herman's First Herd; George Shearing Quintet; Gil Evans; Tony Bennett), dies of emphysema at 74

Bảo Đại

Jul 30 Bảo Đại, Vietnamese emperor and chief of state (Annam 1926-1945; State of Vietnam, 1949-1955), dies at 85

  • Jul 31 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, dies at 63