On This Day

Historical Events in July 1987

  • Jul 1 Bork nominated to Supreme Court, rejected in Oct by senate
  • Jul 1 New York City radio station WFAN-AM commences first 24 hour all sports radio format
  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • Jul 2 KC Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich hits 1st HR since 1982, in MLB comeback process, retired 1984 (Tourette syndrome)
  • Jul 2 Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
  • Jul 3 2 men became 1st hot-air balloon travelers to cross Atlantic

Sports History

Jul 3 Controversial NY Mets MLB star Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates for criticising his play; he is now an ordained minister

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

  • Jul 4 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

Historic Event

Jul 4 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl

Baseball Record

Jul 5 A's 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game as Oakland beats Red Sox, 6-2

Sports History

Jul 6 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan reaches 300th Test wicket milestone, during 3rd Test vs England at Leeds

  • Jul 6 1st of 3 massacres by Sikh extremists takes place in India
  • Jul 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women

Historic Event

Jul 7 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing

  • Jul 8 Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • Jul 9 1 million South Koreans demonstrate against Chun Doo Hwan regime
  • Jul 9 Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
  • Jul 11 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • Jul 11 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
  • Jul 12 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Islesmere GC: Jody Rosenthal wins by 2 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • Jul 12 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • Jul 12 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Brooklawn CC: South African Gary Player wins by a record 6 strokes ahead of Doug Sanders

  • Jul 12 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief

Music History

Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Music Single

Jul 13 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion"

  • Jul 14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

Sports History

Jul 14 All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)

  • Jul 14 Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million
  • Jul 14 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony

Sports History

Jul 14 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

  • Jul 14 Steve Miller's star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jul 14 Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law

Music History

Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

  • Jul 15 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • Jul 15 State of siege ends in Taiwan
  • Jul 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 16 Said Aouita runs world record 2000m (4:50.81)

Baseball Record

Jul 16 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo
  • Jul 17 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)
  • Jul 17 Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)
  • Jul 17 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • Jul 17 Iran and France break diplomatic relations
  • Jul 18 Molly Yard elected new President of National Organization for Women
  • Jul 18 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

British Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis

Album Release

Jul 21 Guns & Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

  • Jul 22 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 5k record (12:58.39) in Rome
  • Jul 22 Soyuz TM-3 launched with 3 cosmonauts (1 Syrian)
  • Jul 22 US began escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • Jul 23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Jul 23 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
  • Jul 23 Said Aouita of Morocco runs world record 5,000 m (12:58.39)
  • Jul 24 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
  • Jul 24 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 25 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt
  • Jul 25 USSR launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite
  • Jul 25 R. Venkataraman becomes the eighth President of India
  • Jul 26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland
  • Jul 27 John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi "Ivan the Terrible", testifies in Israel
  • Jul 27 Salt Lake City Trappers lose 7-5 to Billings Mustangs, ending their professional-record winning streak at 29 consecutive
  • Jul 27 First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreck begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 28 US Open Women's Golf, Plainfield CC: England's Laura Davies won the first of her 4 major titles in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff over runners-up Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner

Sports History

Jul 28 Ángel Cordero Jr.becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

Agreement of Interest

Jul 29 Ben & Jerry's and Jerry Garcia agree on new flavor: Cherry Garcia

  • Jul 30 An ANC car bomb directed at the headquarters of the Wits Command in Johannesburg South Africa kills 1 person and injures 68
  • Jul 31 Battle between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed

Baseball Record

Jul 31 Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers

  • Jul 31 Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle
  • Jul 31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage