What Happened in July 1998

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games
  • Jul 2 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the second book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon titles

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 5 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Jul 5 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history
  • Jul 6 Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational
  • Jul 6 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, he was dropped for next 2 Tests
  • Jul 7 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8
  • Jul 10 Roman Catholic sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos
  • Jul 12 FIFA World Cup Final: Zinadine Zidane scores twice as France wins first WC beating Brazil 3-0 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 South African President Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jul 14 Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party
  • Jul 15 Donatella Versace launches her first couture collection for her brother's Versace label, a year after his murder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II and family, 80 years after they died

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 17 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

  • Jul 19 127th British Golf Open: Mark O'Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 20 Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban
  • Jul 24 Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 24 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

  • Jul 26 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Hale Irwin

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 4 Malia Obama, American daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 8 Jaden Smith, American actor (The Karate Kid), born in Malibu, California
  • Jul 17 Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
  • Jul 22 Madison Pettis, American actress
  • Jul 24 Bindi Irwin, Australian TV personality, conservationist; daughter of Steve Irwin, born in Buderim, Australia

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 12 "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Nelson Mandela marries 3rd wife Graça Machel on his 80th birthday

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 3 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 7 Moshood Abiola, 1993 Nigerian presidential election candidate and presumed winner of the inconclusive election, dies in detention at 60
  • Jul 11 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1926-28), dies at 93
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 14 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet), dies at 81
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • Jul 17 Ronald Tremain, New Zealand composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jul 20 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • Jul 21 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74
  • Jul 21 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, dies at 77
  • Jul 25 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), dies at 82
  • Jul 27 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • Jul 27 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 69
  • Jul 28 Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 29 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (Tony-West Side Story), dies at 79
  • Jul 30 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jul 30 David Hunt, British diplomat winner of the BBC's Mastermind television quiz (1977), dies at 84