On This Day

Historical Events in July 1984

  • Jul 1 "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jul 1 The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Miller Barber wins by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer for his second Senior Open title

  • Jul 3 After 22 years, England Test cricket spinner Derek Underwood hits a maiden 1st class century (111) for Kent v Sussex at Hastings
  • Jul 3 Dolphin rocket launched off San Clemente Island
  • Jul 3 West Indies cricket opener Gordon Greenidge scores brilliant 214 off 242 balls in 9-wicket Lord's Test win v England
  • Jul 3 Supreme Court rules Jaycees may be forced to admit women as members
  • Jul 4 Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half his ashes next to N Senzaki

Baseball Record

Jul 4 New York Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro strikes out Larry Parish (Texas Rangers) to become the 9th player to reach the 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone

  • Jul 5 Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old "exclusionary rule"-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials
  • Jul 6 New Zealand sisters Liz and Rose Signal become the first twins to play in the same cricket Test match, v England at Headingley
  • Jul 7 5 die in a train crash in Williston, Vermont

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe defends his crown, thrashing fellow American Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2

  • Jul 9 12th Century York Minster damaged in lightning storm
  • Jul 9 Yvonne Ryding of Sweden crowned 33rd Miss Universe
  • Jul 10 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon convicted of murdering his mother and sentenced 16 years to life in prison. Diagnosed with schizophrenia after the killing, he is serving time in a medical / psychiatric prison, and has been denied parole 10 times as of 2018. [1]
  • Jul 11 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd time
  • Jul 11 Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe
  • Jul 11 Government orders air bags or seat belts would be required in cars by 1989
  • Jul 11 Lucas Mangope re-elected president of Bophuthatswana

Appointment of Interest

Jul 12 Geraldine Ferraro becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential candidate, after Walter Mondale selects her as his Democratic Party running mate

  • Jul 12 A car bomb set off by the military wing of the ANC, explodes in Durban South Africa killing 5 and injuring 27 people

Music Concert

Jul 13 Eddie Van Halen makes a guest appearance, performing "Beat It", in a Jacksons concert, in Dallas, Texas

  • Jul 13 Jeff Beck quits Rod Stewart's tour after 7 shows
  • Jul 13 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m
  • Jul 13 The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa
  • Jul 14 STS 41-D vehicle moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for remanifest of payloads
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Election of Interest

Jul 14 New Zealand snap election, David Lange's Labour Party defeats Robert Muldoon's National Party

  • Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Hollis Stacy wins her 3rd US title by 1 stroke from Rosie Jones

Music Single

Jul 15 John Lennon's single "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously

  • Jul 17 Pierre Mauroy resigns as Prime Minister of France
  • Jul 17 Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7
  • Jul 17 US passes National Minimum Drinking Age Act, prohibiting under 21's from buying or possessing alcohol as a condition of receiving federal highway funds

Presidential Convention

Jul 18 Walter Mondale wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination in San Francisco

  • Jul 18 21 people are killed and 19 are injured in a massacre in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California; it ends with the shooting of its perpetrator, James Oliver Huberty
  • Jul 19 1st female to captain a 747 across Atlantic (Lynn Rippelmeyer)
  • Jul 19 Geraldine Ferraro (US Representative, New York), becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential nominee, officially joining Walter Mondale's Democratic Party ticket
  • Jul 20 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m

Famous Photo

Jul 20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

  • Jul 21 Marita Koch of East Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
  • Jul 21 USSR performs underground nuclear Test

Federation Cup

Jul 22 22nd Federation Cup Women's Tennis, São Paulo, Brazil: Czech pair Hana Mandlíková & Helena Suková beat Australians Elizabeth Sayers & Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory

  • Jul 22 71st Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France
  • Jul 23 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
  • Jul 23 Suzette Charles (NJ), 21, replaces Williams as 57th Miss America 1984
  • Jul 23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns after Penthouse publishes unauthorized nude photos of her

Music Single

Jul 24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (credited in US to Wham!) (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

  • Jul 25 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes 1st woman to walk in space

Sports History

Jul 26 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single

Sports History

Jul 26 Bowie Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction

  • Jul 27 Reds' Pete Rose collects record 3,503rd career single (vs Philadelphia)
  • Jul 27 West Indies cricket opening batsman Gordon Greenidge smashes 223 in innings & 64 run win over England in 4th Test at Manchester; Windies lead series, 4-0
  • Jul 28 23rd modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles
  • Jul 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George's CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • Jul 29 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • Jul 30 Alvenus tanker at Cameron Louisiana, spills 2.8 million gallons of oil
  • Jul 30 Holly Roffey aged 11 days is the youngest ever to receive a heart transplant
  • Jul 30 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jul 31 Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • Jul 31 US men's gymnastics team score emotional upset win over world champion Chinese team in the combined event to take the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Jul 31 Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed