On This Day

Historical Events in July 1992

  • Jul 1 6.6 earthquake in Big Bear Valley of Los Angeles
  • Jul 1 Ali Kafi becomes president of Algeria
  • Jul 1 Fox broadcasting adds Wednesday night TV programming
  • Jul 2 Braniff Airlines goes out of business
  • Jul 3 South Africa's FIFA membership reinstated (expelled 1961); united non-racial FA, political prisoners released, free political parties

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles outclassing Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1

  • Jul 4 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Andre Agassi wins his first of 8 Grand Slam singles titles beating Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

  • Jul 5 Sixto Durán Ballén elected president of Ecuador
  • Jul 6 Fay Vincent institutes plans to realign NL
  • Jul 7 South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid

Sports History

Jul 7 After undergoing the traditional five-year waiting procedure, Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl officially becomes a US citizen

  • Jul 8 Florida Marlins unveil their uniform
  • Jul 8 Thomas Klestil installed as President of Austria
  • Jul 8 Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities
  • Jul 9 Kim Basinger gets 1,959th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jul 9 Space Shuttle STS 50 (Columbia 13) lands
  • Jul 10 John Ellis becomes CEO of Seattle Mariners
  • Jul 10 Spaceship Giotto (Halley 1986) approaches comet Grigg-Skjellerup
  • Jul 10 SuriPop VII, Suriname Popular Song Festival
  • Jul 10 US Major Soccer League folds after 14 seasons

Historic Event

Jul 11 Presidential candidate Ross Perot at NAACP speech calls them "you people"

  • Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Larry Laoretti wins by 4 strokes ahead of Jim Colbert for his lone professional victory

Music Concert

Jul 12 Axl Rose arrested on riot charges in St Louis stemming from a concert on Jul 2

  • Jul 13 The Tripartite Alliance, consisting of the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Union, outlines a mass action plan for August
  • Jul 14 63rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-6 at Jack Murphy Stadium, SD
  • Jul 14 Actress Nell Carter undergoes brain surgery

Sports History

Jul 14 All star MVP: Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners)

Historic Event

Jul 14 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, starting the open source operating system revolution. Linus Torvalds release "Linux" soon afterwards

Historic Event

Jul 15 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 3 weeks to have tumor removed

  • Jul 15 The Security Council of the UN examine violence in South Africa
  • Jul 17 Slovak parliament declares independence from Czechoslovakia, beginning the so-called Velvet Divorce
  • Jul 18 Sharon Belden, of Florida, 25, crowned Miss World USA
  • Jul 18 The ten victims of the La Cantuta massacre disappear from their university in Lima, Peru
  • Jul 19 "Price" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 47 performances
  • Jul 19 30th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats Spain in Frankfurt Germany (2-1)
  • Jul 19 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife
  • Jul 19 Ebony P Warren, crowned 24th Miss Black America

British Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Open title, by 1 stroke from American John Cook

  • Jul 19 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Germany wins 2nd title with 2-1 win over Spain; Steffi Graf clinches final 6-4, 6-2 against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • Jul 20 Round World Air Race begins in Paris

Historic Event

Jul 20 Václav Havel resigns as President of Czechoslovakia after Slovakia declares independence

Historic Event

Jul 22 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes prison

Music History

Jul 23 Bruce Springsteen begins a world tour, his first with musicians other than the E Street band

Sports History

Jul 24 Faye Vincent reinstates Yankee owner George Steinbrenner (eff 3/1/93)

  • Jul 24 Vickers Viscount crashes, 70 die
  • Jul 24 Shankar Dayal Sharma is elected ninth Indian President
  • Jul 25 Army refused to overturn 127 year old conviction against Dr Mudd
  • Jul 25 25th Olympic Games open in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jul 26 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 108 performances

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 26 US Open Women's Golf, Oakmont CC: Patty Sheehan wins an 18-hole Monday playoff over runner-up Juli Inkster, 72 to 74

  • Jul 26 Britain honours her dead in the Falklands War

Baseball Record

Jul 26 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons

Sports History

Jul 26 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain defends his title by 4' 35" from Italian Claudio Chiappucci; Laurent Jalabert points winner

  • Jul 27 Astros begins 26-game road trip to make room for Republican National Convention
  • Jul 27 Dimitri Lepikov, Vladimir Pychenko, Veniamin Taianovitch and Evgueni Sadovyi swim world record 4x200m freestyle (7:11.95)

Historic Event

Jul 27 Nelson Mandela says a general strike will go ahead to protest for the removal of South African President F. W. de Klerk from power and for free elections

  • Jul 27 Japanese swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki wins the 200m breaststroke in Barcelona to become the youngest to win an Olympic gold medal at 14 years-6 days
  • Jul 28 Groundbreaking of Fla Marlins 7,500 seat spring training stadium

Album Release

Jul 28 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

  • Jul 29 "Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC, after 18 performances
  • Jul 29 Yevgeni Sadovyi of the Unified Team swims world 400m record (3:45.00) to wrap up 200-400m freestyle double at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Jul 29 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguys), arrested for narcotic possession
  • Jul 29 Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek of Poland (5,559 points) beats Hungarian Attila Mizsér by 113 points to win the Pentathlon gold at the Barcelona Olympics; Poland also wins teams gold
  • Jul 30 Lin Li swims female world record/OR 200m medley (2:11.65)
  • Jul 30 Yael Arad becomes Israel's first ever Olympic medalist when she wins silver in the women's 61kg judo in Barcelona; 20th anniversary of Munich massacre and 500th anniversary of Alhambra Decree
  • Jul 31 Three world record swims on final night session at the Barcelona Olympics; Australian Kieren Perkins 1,500m (14:43.4); Tamás Darnyi of Hungary 200m backstroke (1:59.36); China's Yang Wenyi women's 50m freestyle (24.79)
  • Jul 31 Thai Airbus crashes into mountain at Kathmandu, 113 die
  • Jul 31 Hungarian swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi earns her 3rd gold medal of the Barcelona Olympics winning 200m backstroke for the 100-200 double along with 400m I/M gold