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Historical Events in July 1981

  • Jul 1 Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded)
  • Jul 1 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam

King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander
King of the Netherlands
Willem-Alexander
  • Jul 1 Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Hana Mandlíková 6-2, 6-2 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Jul 3 NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe ends Björn Borg's streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles with a famous 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 5 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Summerlea GC: Jan Stephenson of Australia wins by 1 shot from Pat Bradley & Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 5 Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections
  • Jul 5 Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 7 The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel
  • Jul 7 Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 England cricket captain Ian Botham resigned after no wins in 12 matches under his reign and a pair in the 2nd Test v Australia at Lord's

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Jul 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 8 French Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France

  • Jul 8 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • Jul 9 Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • Jul 10 Walt Disney's "Fox & The Hound" released
  • Jul 10 CERN achieves 1st proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV)
  • Jul 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 10 "Escape from New York" directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Donald Pleasence, premieres in the US

Actor Kurt Russell
Actor
Kurt Russell
Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 11 Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • Jul 11 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)

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Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Arnold Palmer comfortably wins 18-hole playoff against Billy Casper and Bob Stone

  • Jul 14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • Jul 16 India performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously
  • Jul 17 "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Jul 17 Humber Estuary Bridge in UK opens, world's longest span (1.4 km)
  • Jul 17 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • Jul 17 Lobby walkways at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200
  • Jul 17 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 17 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta
  • Jul 17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • Jul 18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Bill Rogers wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Jul 19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 20 England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • Jul 20 Irene Sáez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
  • Jul 21 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • Jul 22 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome, Italy court to life
  • Jul 23 14th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 24 Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
  • Jul 25 Voyager 2 encounters Saturn
  • Jul 25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game
  • Jul 26 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Jul 26 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Pat Bradley shoots final round 66 (−6) to finish 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel; second of Bradley's 6 major titles
  • Jul 26 New York Mayor Ed Koch is given the Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated
  • Jul 29 Former Iranian president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • Jul 29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul in New Zealand
  • Jul 30 Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • Jul 30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London
  • Jul 31 Mid-season strike by MLB players ends after 42 days causing cancellation of 713 games; players and owners come to an agreement on free agent compensation
  • Jul 31 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association