On This Day

Historical Events in July 1977

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hometown favourite Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

  • Jul 1 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.88) in Dresden, Germany

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats American Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 for the second of 5 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles

  • Jul 3 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: Judy Rankin wins by 3 strokes from Pat Meyers and Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 3 The Senegalese Republican Movement (MRS) is founded
  • Jul 3 Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew's 9-race win streak ends in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, finishes 4th
  • Jul 4 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • Jul 4 Red Sox end 9-game losing streak by smashing a MLB-record 8 HRs in a 9-6 win vs Toronto at Fenway Park
  • Jul 5 Pakistani army, led by Gen Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seizes power
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 7 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City

Film Premiere

Jul 7 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • Jul 8 Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)

British Golf Open

Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"

  • Jul 10 "Happy End" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances

Historic Event

Jul 11 US Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Jul 12 John Edrich scores his 100th 100, Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval
  • Jul 13 NYC experiences 25 hr black-out
  • Jul 14 North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3
  • Jul 14 US House establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Jul 16 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • Jul 18 Hugh Leonard's "Da" premieres in London
  • Jul 18 Vietnam becomes a member of the UN
  • Jul 19 48th MLB All Star Game, Yankee Stadium, NYC, NY: NL wins, 7-5; MVP: Don Sutton, LA Dodgers, P
  • Jul 19 Floods in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kill 76
  • Jul 20 Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 80 and causes $350 million damage
  • Jul 20 The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments
  • Jul 20 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 21 Libyan-Egyptian border fights

Election of Interest

Jul 21 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike loses general election

  • Jul 21 Sanjiva Reddy is elected sixth President of India unopposed
  • Jul 23 Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Muslims on hostage charges

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Hollis Stacy wins wire-to-wire by 2 strokes from Nancy Lopez

Sports History

Jul 24 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

  • Jul 24 Seattle's John Montague pitches 6 2/3 innings of perfect relief tying 2 game record of retiring 33 consecutive batsmen
  • Jul 24 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • Jul 26 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 26 The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa

Music History

Jul 27 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US

  • Jul 28 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reach Valdez, Alaska
  • Jul 28 Roy Wilkins turn over NAACP leadership to Benjamin Hooks

Sports History

Jul 28 Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge

Music History

Jul 30 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

  • Jul 31 E. Henry Knoche, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jul 31 John F. Blake promoted from acting to deputy director of CIA