On This Day

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

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

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

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns

Baseball 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)

  • Jul 5 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 6 US Open Women's Golf, Blackwolf Run: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins a 20-hole Monday playoff over American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn

  • 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 a famous unbeaten 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 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

FIFA World Cup

Jul 12 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Zinedine Zidane scores twice as France wins first World Cup beating Brazil, 3-0

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 12 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Gil Morgan wins his 3rd Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Film Release

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

  • Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O'Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts
  • 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

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 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hale Irwin wins by 1 stroke ahead of Vicente Fernández of Argentina

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Chloe Bailey, American R&B singer (Chloe X Halle - "Ungodly Hour"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 1 Pa Salieu, Gambian British rapper (Frontline), born in Slough, England
  • Jul 4 Malia Obama, American daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 8 Maya Hawke, American actress (Stranger Things), born in New York City
  • Jul 8 Jaden Smith, American actor (The Karate Kid), born in Malibu, California
  • Jul 10 Angus Cloud, American actor (Euphoria), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 17 Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 21 Maggie Lindemann, American singer-songwriter (Pretty Girl), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 23 Deandre Ayton, Bahamian basketball center (2018 NBA Draft: #1 pick Phoenix Suns), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Jul 24 Bindi Irwin, Australian TV personality, conservationist; daughter of Steve Irwin, born in Buderim, Australia
  • Jul 28 Nelly Korda, American golfer (US Women's PGA C'ship 2021; Olympic gold 2021), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • Jul 31 Bretman Rock [Laforga], Filipino-American social media personality (MTV's Following: Bretman Rock), born in Sanchez-Mira, Philippines

Famous Weddings

Barbra Streisand

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

Robert Evans

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


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Lucy Reed [Dollinger], American jazz vocalist (Woody Herman; Charlie Ventura), dies at 77
  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry [Dan Bunten], American software developer (M.U.L.E.), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 3 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf,;John Socman), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Duncan White, Ceylonese athlete (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), dies at 86
  • 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, dies at 91
  • Jul 13 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), dies after a fall at 95
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (McDonalds), dies at 89
  • Jul 14 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet), dies at 81
  • Jul 14 Beryl Bryden, British jazz and blues singer and washboard player, dies at 78
  • Jul 15 Gennadi Volnov, Russian basketball player (Olympic gold 1972), dies at 68
  • 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 19 Antoine Tisne, French composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 20 Dieter Nowka, German composer, conductor and musicologist, dies at 74
  • Jul 20 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)

Alan Shepard

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, dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Antonio Saura, Spanish painter, dies at 67
  • Jul 23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 23 Vladimir Dudintsev, Ukrainian Soviet writer (Not by Bread Alone), dies at 79
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, dies at 77
  • Jul 25 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), dies at 82
  • Jul 26 (David Allan) "Chico" Ryan, American rock bassist and singer (Sha Na Na, 1973-98), dies at 50
  • 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 28 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, dies at 73

Jerome Robbins

Jul 29 Jerome Robbins [Rabinowitz], American Tony and Academy Award-winning theater and ballet choreographer and director (West Side Story; Peter Pan), dies shortly after suffering a strokeat 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
  • Jul 31 Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer (Death of Narcissus), dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 98