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

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

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jul 4 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

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

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

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

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 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

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

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

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

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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

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 13 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion"

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

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

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

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

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
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

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

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George
  • 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)

Sports record brokenBaseball 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)

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 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

Sport awardBritish 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

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Jul 19 Don Mattingly sets AL record of extra base hits in 10 cons games
  • Jul 20 Don Mattingly ties 1st base fielding record with 22 put-outs
  • Jul 21 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 21 Guns N' 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.

Sport awardUS 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

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies

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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry 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

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 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