On This Day

Historical Events in July 1997

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 1 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Evander Holyfield
Boxer
Evander Holyfield
  • Jul 1 STS 94 (Columbia 23) launches into orbit
  • Jul 1 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • Jul 3 Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
  • Jul 4 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: 16 year old Swiss Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Jul 6 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Cédric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 6 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson's uniform #10

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Jul 6 Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh completes twin centuries (108 & 116) in 268 run 3rd Test win v England at Old Trafford
  • Jul 7 Tower, Minnesota temperature dips to 24°F
  • Jul 8 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
  • Jul 8 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • Jul 9 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • Jul 10 Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a NY Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3
  • Jul 10 Louise Woodward's trial begins in Massachusetts Nanny murder trial

  • Jul 10 RJR Nabisco announces it will replace Joe Camel in new ads
  • Jul 10 Spain, Partido Popular member Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests
  • Jul 12 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit
  • Jul 12 Pirates Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Astros 3-0 in 10 inn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Larry Gilbert wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer and Dave Stockton

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 13 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77
  • Jul 14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • Jul 15 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6M (later reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker
  • Jul 17 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • Jul 17 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • Jul 21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
  • Jul 21 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years
  • Jul 22 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
  • Jul 22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 22 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Jul 22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • Jul 22 "One Piece", world's best-selling manga and comic series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda first appears serialized in "Weekly Shōnen Jump" in Japan
  • Jul 23 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them

  • Jul 23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Jul 25 Carroll O'Connor found not guilty of slandering Harry Perzigian
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • Jul 25 QB Brett Favre, re-signs with Green Bay Packers for $50M for 7 yrs
  • Jul 25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
  • Jul 25 Vincent "The Chin" Gigante found guilty of racketeering in NYC
  • Jul 25 K. R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit, formerly called "untouchable" to hold the office
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Jul 27 "Candide" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Jul 27 "Victor/Victoria" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 738 performances
  • Jul 27 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16
  • Jul 27 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
  • Jul 27 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins with birdie on 2nd playoff hole against countryman John Bland

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jul 28 Peter Graf, father of Steffi, enters German jail for tax evasion
  • Jul 28 Guatemala becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jul 30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • Jul 30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 31 A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Jul 31 College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility