Historical Events in July 1989

  • Jul 2 American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)

Golf Major

Jul 2 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Tammie Green wins her only LPGA major title with a 1 shot victory over fellow Americans Pat Bradley & Betsy King

Historic Event

Jul 2 Tiananmen Square student leader Wang Dan arrested and imprisoned for spreading counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement (trial not till 1991)

  • Jul 2 US Open Senior Men's Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Orville Moody wins by 2 from Frank Beard, 20 years after his US Open triumph in 1969
  • Jul 3 Movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)
  • Jul 3 Open Mind wins American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies when Nite of Fun is disqualified in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont
  • Jul 3 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3,000m steeplechase world record of 8:05.39 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules states do not have to provide funds for abortions

Film & TV History

Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

  • Jul 4 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)

Television Debut

Jul 5 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

Baseball Record

Jul 5 Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh's 6-4 loss vs SF Giants, joining father Bobby Bonds as MLB father-son HR record holders (408)

Music History

Jul 5 British singer Rod Stewart hits his head on a lighting fixture while on stage and knocks himself out in Pine Knob, Michigan [1]

Sports History

Jul 6 Ex-Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game; he elects not to play

  • Jul 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • Jul 7 Concert by the Grateful Dead with Bruce Hornsby & the Range becomes final event at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, six days before structure is condemned
  • Jul 8 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina
  • Jul 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 9 Two bombs explode in Mecca, killing one pilgrim and wounding 16 others

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden's Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

  • Jul 10 Paula Ivan runs female world record 1 mile (4:15.61)

Sports History

Jul 11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)

  • Jul 11 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts All Star Game

Sports History

Jul 12 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)

Film Release

Jul 14 Film "When Harry Met Sally" is released starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron

  • Jul 14 Jessye Norman sings French national anthem, La Marseillaise at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to celebrate 200th anniversary of the French Revolution
  • Jul 16 South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid
  • Jul 16 US Open Women's Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 2 consecutive titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 17 1st test flight of US stealth bomber

Music Single

Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases single "This One", from his album "Flowers In The Dirt"

  • Jul 17 Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances
  • Jul 18 48 cm rainfall at Rockport, West Virginia (state record)

Sports History

Jul 19 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

  • Jul 19 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007
  • Jul 19 United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112
  • Jul 20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona

Historic Event

Jul 20 Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest

  • Jul 20 Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's show opens at Washington, D.C.'s Project for the Arts after the Smithsonian Institution's Corcoran Gallery cancels it
  • Jul 21 Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 21 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss

Sports History

Jul 23 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA

British Golf Open

Jul 23 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Mark Calcavecchia wins his only major title in first ever 4-hole aggregate playoff with Australians Greg Norman and Wayne Grady

  • Jul 23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)

Music Concert

Jul 23 Ringo Starr's first All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Clarence Clemons, Dr. John, Billy Preston, and Jim Keltner

  • Jul 23 Winds gust to 85 MPH at Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Jul 24 Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • Jul 25 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 27 Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy is 10th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (6th)
  • Jul 28 Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
  • Jul 28 Cards' Vince Coleman is caught stealing ends record streak at 50

Album Release

Jul 28 Gloria Estefan releases her debut solo album "Cuts Both Ways"

  • Jul 28 NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
  • Jul 29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan

Sports History

Jul 29 MLB Philadelphia Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32

  • Jul 29 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases
  • Jul 29 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
  • Jul 30 Chile amends its constitution
  • Jul 31 MLB Minnesota Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to New York Mets