On This Day

Historical Events in July 1979

  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman, first popular portable cassette player
  • Jul 1 Sweden becomes 1st nation to prohibit "corporal punishment or other injurious or humiliating treatment" of children by their parents

Historic Event

Jul 2 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman

  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova successfully defends her title beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4

  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats American Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

  • Jul 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 8 The Democratic Republic of the Congo adoptsa new constitution
  • Jul 8 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

  • Jul 9 Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jul 9 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter
  • Jul 9 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.

Music History

Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion

  • Jul 11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates
  • Jul 12 Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
  • Jul 12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK

Down With Disco!

Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers

Sports History

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

Music Single

Jul 13 George Harrison releases single "Faster"

  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Brooklawn CC: Jerilyn Britz wins her first LPGA Tour event (and only major), 2 shots ahead of runners-up Debbie Massey and Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 15 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Historic Event

Jul 16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Sports History

Jul 17 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston

  • Jul 17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami

World Record

Jul 17 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo

  • Jul 17 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • Jul 18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • Jul 18 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 tons of oil spill
  • Jul 19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • Jul 19 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle
  • Jul 19 Patricia Harris becomes sect of HEW
  • Jul 20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Washington

British Golf Open

Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

  • Jul 21 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Baseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

Appointment of Interest

Jul 24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Sports History

Jul 24 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

  • Jul 25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • Jul 26 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, Texas (national record)
  • Jul 26 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn and its rings
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 28 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • Jul 28 France performs nuclear Test

Golf Tournament

Jul 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances