Historical Events in July 1998

  • Jul 1 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games
  • Jul 2 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the second book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

  • Jul 5 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history

Baseball Record

Jul 5 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns

  • Jul 6 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with a famous unbeaten 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Jul 6 Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 6 US Open Women's Golf, Blackwolf Run: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins a 20-hole Monday playoff over American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn

  • Jul 7 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8
  • Jul 10 Roman Catholic sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos

FIFA World Cup

Jul 12 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Zinedine Zidane scores twice as France wins first World Cup beating Brazil, 3-0

  • Jul 12 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Gil Morgan wins his 3rd Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin

Historic Event

Jul 12 South African President Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

  • Jul 14 Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party
  • Jul 15 Donatella Versace launches her first couture collection for her brother's Versace label, a year after his murder

Film Release

Jul 17 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

Historic Event

Jul 17 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II and family, 80 years after they died

  • Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O'Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts
  • Jul 20 Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban

Film Release

Jul 24 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

  • Jul 24 Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • Jul 26 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hale Irwin wins by 1 stroke ahead of Vicente Fernández of Argentina