On This Day

Historical Events in July 1988

  • Jul 1 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Germany's Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of her Golden Slam

  • Jul 2 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golf Major

Jul 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Sally Little wins by 1 stroke from Laura Davies of England

  • Jul 3 Gene Nelson of the Oakland A's becomes first AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 in 9-8 win over Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jul 3 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290

Historic Event

Jul 3 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-affected final

  • Jul 4 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)
  • Jul 4 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
  • Jul 5 Wist Indies cricket paceman Malcolm Marshall takes career best 7-22, beat England by an innings & 156 at Old Trafford
  • Jul 6 Carlos Salinas de Gortari elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 6 North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • Jul 7 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • Jul 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 7 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act

Music History

Jul 7 Hungarian state funeral for composer Béla Bartók in Budapest, 42 years after his death with his remains relocated from New York

  • Jul 8 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)
  • Jul 8 Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

Music History

Jul 8 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992; he does not follow through

  • Jul 9 Chris Speier hits for the cycle & Ernest Riles hits 10,000th Giant HR

Music History

Jul 9 Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Sports History

Jul 9 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

Sports History

Jul 11 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

  • Jul 12 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 12 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg's had an affair with her
  • Jul 12 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
  • Jul 13 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan

Music Concert

Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

  • Jul 14 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak
  • Jul 14 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive

Film Release

Jul 15 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

Sports History

Jul 16 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100m in 9.78 sec

  • Jul 16 Florence Joyner runs 100m in women's world record 10.49 seconds
  • Jul 16 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's heptathlete record of 7,215 pts
  • Jul 16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • Jul 17 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Jul 17 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Jul 17 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)

British Golf Open

Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his 3rd Open title by 2 shots from Nick Price of Zimbabwe

  • Jul 18 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on cruise ship City of Poros
  • Jul 18 Shooting begins on Bond film "License to Kill"
  • Jul 20 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
  • Jul 21 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)
  • Jul 21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • Jul 22 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research
  • Jul 23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Baltimore CC: Liselotte Neumann of Sweden wins her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

  • Jul 24 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Jul 24 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain
  • Jul 25 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • Jul 27 Boston's worst traffic jam in 30 years
  • Jul 27 General Sein Lwin succeeds San Yu as the 6th President of Burma
  • Jul 27 Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer
  • Jul 27 Baseball star Tommy John commits record 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3
  • Jul 28 IBM announces price hike on older models
  • Jul 28 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for 1st visit in 21 years
  • Jul 28 Jordan cancels $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank
  • Jul 28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • Jul 29 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion

Historic Event

Jul 29 Gorbachev pushes plan to elect a Soviet president and parliament in March 1989

  • Jul 29 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit
  • Jul 29 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • Jul 29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • Jul 29 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in 1 month
  • Jul 30 Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • Jul 30 John Franco saves record 13th game of July
  • Jul 30 Jordanian King Hussein renounces sovereignty over West Bank to the PLO
  • Jul 30 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's House of Representatives
  • Jul 30 Ronald J Dossenbach begins world record ride, pedaling across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax (13 days, 15 hr, 4 min)
  • Jul 30 ArenaBowl II, Allstate Arena, Rosemount, Illinois: Detroit Drive beats Chicago Bruisers 24-13, Steve Griffin MVP

Baseball Record

Jul 31 Oakland DH Jose Canseco smacks 2 home runs off Scott Bankhead in A's 6-2 win over Seattle Mariners; becomes first MLB player to hit 30 HRs in first 3 years

Historic Event

Jul 31 Last Playboy Club closes in Lansing, Michigan

  • Jul 31 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium

Hall of Fame

Jul 31 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

  • Jul 31 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia