Historical Events in July 1983

  • Jul 1 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz rules 43 players who are on Disabled List during 1981 players' strike not entitled to salaries for that period

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Andrea Jaeger 6-0, 6-3 for the 4th of 9 Wimbledon singles titles

  • Jul 3 American Calvin Smith sets new world record of 9.93 for 100m in Colorado Springs, beats Jim Hines 1968 mark by 0.02 seconds
  • Jul 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Hollis Stacy wins by 2 strokes from JoAnn Carner and Alice Miller
  • Jul 3 Texas Rangers explode for MLB single extra innings record 12 runs in 15th inning of 16-4 win v Oakland

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American John McEnroe wins 5th career Grand Slam title; outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Sports History

Jul 4 NY Yankee pitcher Dave Righetti no-hits the Boston Red Sox, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium

  • Jul 5 France invades Algeria
  • Jul 5 Woman gives birth to baby 84 days after brain death (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • Jul 6 50th MLB All Star Game, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Angels outfielder Fred Lynn hits first AS grand slam, AL wins 13-3
  • Jul 6 Supreme Court rules retirement plans can't pay women less
  • Jul 7 11 year old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, leaves for USSR
  • Jul 8 Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title
  • Jul 11 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes (19), Miss New Zealand, crowned 32nd Miss Universe
  • Jul 12 Chad government troops reconquer Abéché
  • Jul 13 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • Jul 14 Mario Bros. is first released by Nintendo in Japan as an arcade game about an Italian-American plumber
  • Jul 14 US politicians Dan Crane (Rep-R-Il) and Gerry Studds (Rep-D-Mas) admit to sex with pages
  • Jul 15 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France

Film Premiere

Jul 15 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury premieres in US

  • Jul 16 Sikorsky S-61 disaster: A helicopter crashes off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities in Britain's worst helicopter accident
  • Jul 17 1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Philadelphia Stars 24-22)

British Golf Open

Jul 17 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Defending champion Tom Watson wins his 5th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Andy Bean and Hale Irwin; Watson's 2nd consecutive Open win and 3rd in last 4

  • Jul 18 Despite being in 1st place tie in NL East, Philadelphia Phillies (43-42) fire manager Pat Corrales, replacing him with GM Paul Owens, eventually getting to World Series (losing to Baltimore)
  • Jul 19 The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
  • Jul 20 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 21 Polish government ends 19 months of martial law

Music Concert

Jul 21 Thunder storm cuts short Diana Ross' free concert in NY's Central Park

  • Jul 21 US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
  • Jul 21 World's lowest-ever natural temperature recorded −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica
  • Jul 22 Dick Smith makes 1st solo helicopter flight around the world
  • Jul 22 MLB California Angels outfielder Brian Downing's error ends his record streak at 244 games
  • Jul 22 Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski lifts martial law after 19 months
  • Jul 23 Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.
  • Jul 24 "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jul 24 21st Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Germany in Zurich Switzerland (2-1)
  • Jul 24 70th Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France

Sports History

Jul 24 Pine Tar Game: George Brett's HR disallowed against Yanks (overturned)

  • Jul 24 Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America
  • Jul 25 1st non-human primate (baboon) conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio

Album Release

Jul 25 Megaforce Records releases Metallica's debut album "Kill 'Em All"

  • Jul 25 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Billy Casper wins with birdie on first extra hole after an 18-hole playoff with Rod Funseth
  • Jul 25 Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted $2.25 billion
  • Jul 26 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating for STS-8
  • Jul 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czech sets 800m woman's record (1:53.28)
  • Jul 26 Light flashes seen on Jupiter moon Io
  • Jul 26 US threatens action to preserve navigation in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 27 104°F (40.3°C) in Garmersdorf (German record)

Baseball Record

Jul 27 Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, also winning his 1st game as a Kansas City Royal

  • Jul 28 NASA launches Telstar-3A
  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV

Baseball Record

Jul 29 Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak

  • Jul 30 Official speed record for a piston-driven aircraft, 832 kph, California
  • Jul 30 Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261 kg

Hall of Fame

Jul 31 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jul 31 Dutch July average temperature is 20.1°C; warmest July since 1852

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 31 US Open Women's Golf, Cedar Ridge CC: Australian Jan Stephenson wins her 3rd major title; beats JoAnne Carner and Patty Sheehan by 1 stroke