On This Day

Historical Events in July 1986

Baseball Record

Jul 2 Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens (14-0) suffers his 1st loss (4-2 v Toronto), one win short of AL record for consecutive wins to start season

Historic Event

Jul 2 General strike against Pinochet regime in Chile

  • Jul 2 US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in 2 rulings
  • Jul 3 Kuwait's National Assembly (Majlis al Umma) dissolves

Statue of Liberty

Jul 3 US President Reagan presides over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty

  • Jul 4 England cricket captain Mike Gatting smashes 183 not out in the drawn 3rd Test vs India at Birmingham

Farm Aid Concert

Jul 4 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Hana Mandlíková 7-6, 6-3 for her 7th Wimbledon singles title

Historic Event

Jul 5 Nancy Reagan cuts a red, white and blue ribbon to reopen Statue of Liberty after refurbishment

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 100th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Germany's Boris Becker successfully defends his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

  • Jul 6 Atlanta infielder Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a MLB game during Braves 11-8 loss v Montreal
  • Jul 6 Ex-minister Arturo Tolentino failed coup in the Philippines
  • Jul 6 Premier Nakasone's Liberal Democratic Party wins Japan's election
  • Jul 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 (updated) released

Music History

Jul 7 It is reported that Boy George is being treated for heroin addiction

  • Jul 7 Jordan government shuts al-Fatah offices
  • Jul 7 Supreme Court strikes down Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law

Historic Event

Jul 7 Soviet General and spy for the US Dmitri Polyakov arrested in retirement in Russia (executed 1988)

  • Jul 7 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • Jul 8 Farthest thrown object-an "Aerobie" flying ring, 383 m (1,257')
  • Jul 8 NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain & Quality Assurance
  • Jul 8 Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy
  • Jul 9 Atlanta's Dale Murphy doesn't play ending consecutive streak at 740
  • Jul 9 Attorney General's Commission on pornography links hard-core porn to sex crimes
  • Jul 9 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson
  • Jul 9 The New Zealand parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older

Music History

Jul 9 Columbia Records releases "The Bridge", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's tenth studio album

  • Jul 11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74
  • Jul 11 Maricica Puica of Romania runs 2,000 m in 5:28.69 (record for women)
  • Jul 11 Mary Beth Whitehead christens surrogate Baby M, Sara
  • Jul 12 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman, is shot and paralyzed by Shavod Jones
  • Jul 13 Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa
  • Jul 14 10 killed & 60 injured at ETA-bomb attack in Madrid
  • Jul 14 2nd government of Lubbers sworn in

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 14 US Open Women's Golf, NCR CC: Jane Geddes wins by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff with South African born Sally Little

  • Jul 14 Motley Crue's Vince Neil begins 30 day sentence for vehicular homicide
  • Jul 14 NASA's plan to implement recommendations of Rogers commission

Music Single

Jul 14 Paul McCartney releases single "Press", from the album "Press To Play"

  • Jul 14 Richard Miller becomes the 1st FBI agent convicted of espionage
  • Jul 14 Shalamar's Howard Hewett acquitted in Miami of drug charges
  • Jul 15 57th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at Astrodome, Houston
  • Jul 15 All star MVP: Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox)

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jul 17 Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time

  • Jul 18 MLB Kansas City Royals announce that manager Dick Howser, 50, has a brain tumor
  • Jul 18 Videotapes released showing Titanic's sunken remains

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 19 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

British Golf Open

Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Australian Greg Norman wins his first major championship at even-par, 5 strokes clear of runner-up Gordon J. Brand

  • Jul 21 Bárbara Palacios Teyde, 22, of Venezuela, crowned 35th Miss Universe
  • Jul 21 Pleasure Island plans unveiled
  • Jul 22 US House of Representatives impeaches Judge Harry E. Claiborne for tax evasion

Meeting of Interest

Jul 23 Moroccan King Hassan II meets with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres

  • Jul 24 SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
  • Jul 24 13th Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 25 Sikhs extremist kill 16 hindus in Muhktsar India
  • Jul 26 Lebanese kidnappers released Rev Lawrence Martin Jenco

Golf Major

Jul 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Board of Trade CC: Pat Bradley wins in a playoff with Ayako Okamoto of Japan

  • Jul 27 24th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Czechoslovakia in Prague Czech (3-0)
  • Jul 27 Iraqi jets attack central Iranian city of Arak; Iran threatens missile attack of gulf states supporting Iraq
  • Jul 27 73rd Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 28 Bomb attack in East Beirut, 25 killed
  • Jul 28 NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger, pilot Michael Smith could be heard saying, "Uh-oh!" as spacecraft disintegrated
  • Jul 29 Bomb attack in West-Beirut, 30 killed
  • Jul 29 Dennis Amiss scores his 100th 100, Warwickshire v Lancashire
  • Jul 29 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • Jul 31 19th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego