On This Day

Historical Events in July 1920

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Jul 1 Washington Senators pitching legend Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park, the only no-hitter of his illustrious career

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Jul 1 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Scotsman George Duncan erases 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title; first Open played since WWII
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: French superstar Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-0 to complete a sweep after taking the women's & mixed doubles titles
  • Jul 1 Sir Herbert Samuel takes over as high commissioner over Palestine, where Arab resistance to the British mandate continues
  • Jul 1 St Louis Cardinals become tenants of their AL rival St Louis Browns, as they abandon Robison Field midway through the MLB season and return to Sportsman's Park
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden, becomes first American male to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Gerald Patterson of Australia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • Jul 3 Java Technical School, Bandung, opens
  • Jul 3 Royal Air Force holds an air display at Hendon, England
  • Jul 4 The provisional government of Siberia's Maritime Province agrees to hand over parts of the strategic oil- and coal-rich Sakhalin Islands to Japan
  • Jul 6 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators

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Jul 10 Tris Speaker is stopped at 11 consecutive hits by Tom Zachary

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • Jul 11 East and West Prussia vote in a plebiscite to become part of Germany, though a slice of West Prussia will be handed to Poland to provide a 'Polish Corridor'
  • Jul 12 Lithuania and USSR sign peace treaty, Lithuania becomes independent republic
  • Jul 15 Ruth ties his record of 29 HRs in a season
  • Jul 16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • Jul 16 Gen Amos Fries appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 19 Babe Ruth hits his 30th home run of the 1920 baseball season, breaking his own single-season record. He would attain 54 throughout the season, before breaking that record the next year.

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jul 20 Dutch soccer club Sportclub Heerenveen is formed; initially known as Athleta; KNVB Cup Champions 2008–09
  • Jul 21 Irish Nationalist and Loyalists engage in street fighting over the issue of Irish independence from Britain, though Loyalist are reinforced by 1500 British Auxiliaries and 5800 British troops
  • Jul 23 British East Africa renamed Kenya and becomes a British crown colony
  • Jul 27 Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
  • Jul 27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • Jul 27 14th Tour de France: Belgian rider Philippe Thys becomes first to win the race 3 times
  • Jul 29 1st transcontinental airmail flight from New York to San Francisco
  • Jul 29 Mexican rebel Pancho Villa surrenders
  • Jul 29 Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, Oregon