On This Day

What Happened in July 1999

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf 6-4, 7-5 for her only Wimbledon singles title

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 for his third straight Wimbledon title

Sports History

Jul 4 South Korean defending champion Se Ri Pak wins the most crowded playoff in LPGA history (6) in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic

  • Jul 6 U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams
  • Jul 8 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida

Historic Publication

Jul 8 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

  • Jul 9 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran

Film Release

Jul 9 Coming of age film "American Pie" is released, directed by Paul Weitz, starring Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, and an ensemble cast

  • Jul 10 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: US beats China, 5-4 on penalties; 0-0 a.e.t; US second World Cup
  • Jul 11 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: Dave Eichelberger wins by 3 strokes ahead of Ed Dougherty for his lone major title
  • Jul 13 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 15 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field held in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 15 Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found

Plane Crash

Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

  • Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Scotsman Paul Lawrie wins his only major title by 3 strokes in 4-hole aggregate playoff with Jean van de Velde & Justin Leonard; recovers from 10 shots behind after 3rd round for biggest comeback in major championship history; van de Velde famously triple-bogies last hole
  • Jul 18 New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)
  • Jul 20 Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched
  • Jul 22 Woodstock '99 music festival begins at Griffiss Park, Rome, New York (runs until 25th); attended by 200,000, ended due to violence
  • Jul 23 Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father
  • Jul 23 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.

Sports History

Jul 25 86th Tour de France: Lance Armstrong wins 1st of 7 consecutive Tour de France titles but is later disqualified for drug cheating

  • Jul 25 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Irishman Christy O'Connor Jr wins by 3 strokes from John Bland of South Africa
  • Jul 26 Fighting ceases between India and Pakistan in the Kargil War, Kashmir, after two months of fighting

Sports History

Jul 27 Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"

  • Jul 31 Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 20 Princess Alexandra of Hanover, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Jul 20 Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Jul 4 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

  • Jul 9 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (33) weds architect and yachtsman Carlos Morales Quintana (28) at St. Sophia Cathedral in London, England
  • Jul 10 "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 15 "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California

Wedding of Interest

Jul 17 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

Glenn McGrath

Jul 17 Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele

Raquel Welch

Jul 17 Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

Jimmy Johnson

Jul 18 Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

Martin Scorsese

Jul 22 Director Martin Scorsese (56) weds Helen Morris in New York

  • Jul 28 "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France

Patrick Dempsey

Jul 31 Actor Patrick Dempsey (33) weds makeup artist Jillian Fink

Phil Esposito

Jul 31 NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Edward Dmytryk, Canadian film director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny), dies at 90
  • Jul 1 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (Mars, Inc.) dies at 95
  • Jul 1 Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Jul 1 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer, dies at 81
  • Jul 1 Dennis Brown, Jamaican reggae singer ("Money In My Pocket"), dies of a collapsed lung, after a heart attack, at 42
  • Jul 1 Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean revolutionary (ZAPU), and Matabeleland politician (Vice-President of Zimbabwe, 1990-99), dies of prostate cancer at 82

Mario Puzo

Jul 2 Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

  • Jul 3 Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter and musician (Morphine; Treat Her Right) dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Jul 4 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • Jul 4 Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • Jul 4 Ruby Johnson, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer, dies at 97
  • Jul 6 Barry Winchell, American soldier murdered in his sleep by a fellow soldier at 21
  • Jul 7 Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
  • Jul 8 Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • Jul 9 Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
  • Jul 9 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Bill Owen [William Owen Rowbotham], British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Not So Dusty), dies from pancreatic cancer at 85
  • Jul 14 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) dies of liver failure at 41
  • Jul 15 George Brown Jr, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-71, 73-99), dies at 79
  • Jul 16 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

John F. Kennedy Jr.

Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr, American magazine publisher (George), lawyer and son of JFK, dies in a plane crash at 38

  • Jul 16 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • Jul 17 Kevin Wilkinson, British drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 20 Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  • Jul 23 Hassan II [Mawlāy al-Ḥasan Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf], King of Morocco (1961-99), dies of natural causes at 70
  • Jul 27 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, dies at 86
  • Jul 27 Harry "Sweets" Edison, American jazz and session trumpet player, dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Jul 28 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 29 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, producer and director (Arzoo, Love Story, Sangam), dies at 70