On This Day

Historical Events on July 4 (Part 2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1976 Israel launches hostage rescue mission of 106 Air France crew and passengers held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. Three hostages die along with all the hijackers, numerous Ugandan soldiers and Yonatan Netanyahu, an Israeli soldier
  • 1976 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
  • 1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • 1977 Red Sox end 9-game losing streak by smashing a MLB-record 8 HRs in a 9-6 win vs Toronto at Fenway Park
  • 1978 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • 1979 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

1980 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

1981 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe ends Björn Borg's streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles with a famous 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St George's CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1982 4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

1982 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-American classic final, Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for his second and final Wimbledon title

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1982 Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado elected president of Mexico
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 NY Yankee pitcher Dave Righetti no-hits the Boston Red Sox, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

  • 1984 Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half his ashes next to N Senzaki
  • 1984 New York Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro strikes out Larry Parish (Texas Rangers) to become the 9th player to reach the 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone
  • 1984 Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
  • 1986 England cricket captain Mike Gatting smashes 183 not out in the drawn 3rd Test vs India at Birmingham

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

1987 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1987 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

1988 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

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1988 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)
  • 1988 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

  • 1989 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)
  • 1990 400 New Kids on the Block fans treated for heat exhaustion in Minnesota
  • 1990 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1990 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address
  • 1991 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

1992 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles outclassing Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1992 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

1993 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats fellow American Jim Courier 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 for his first of 7 Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1993 Pilar Fort crowned 25th Miss Black America

  • 1993 Pizza Hut blimp deflates and lands safely on W 56th street in NYC
  • 1994 Rwandese Patriotic Front occupies Kigali
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup: A Bebeto strike saves Brazil from embarrassment, beat USA 1-0 at Stanford
  • 1995 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) play 1st CFL game beating Winnipeg 38-10 but failed experiment only lasts one season
  • 1996 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • 1996 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 1997 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

1998 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

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 1999 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 for his third straight Wimbledon title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 South Korean defending champion Se Ri Pak wins the most crowded playoff in LPGA history (6) in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 2000 Canadian jockey Russell Baze scores his 7,000th career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California
  • 2001 In a world record fee for a soccer goalkeeper, Juventus signed Parma's Gianluigi Buffon in a £32.5m deal including midfielder Jonathan Bachini

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2004 The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

2004 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins the second of 5 straight Wimbledon singles titles beating American Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2004 UEFA European Championship Final, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal: In a huge upset Greece beats host nation Portugal, 1-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

2004 US Open Women's Golf, Orchards GC: Meg Mallon shoots final round 65 (−6) to win her second US title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Annika Sörenstam of Sweden

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • 2005 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1
  • 2006 Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • 2006 North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Richard Branson sells Virgin Mobile to NTL for £962.4 million

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Sri Lanka sets new ODI cricket record score 443-9 in a World Cup win over Netherlands in Amstelveen (Jayasuriya 157, Dilshan 117no)

USAStatue of Liberty

2009 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

2009 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

2010 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his second Wimbledon title

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2012 Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson
  • 2013 12 people are killed and 60 are injured in a wave of shootings across Chicago
  • 2014 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors
  • 2015 Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs
  • 2015 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)
  • 2015 Super Rugby Final, Westpac Stadium, Wellington: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 for their first title
  • 2015 Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago: Chile defeats Argentina, 4-1 penalties to win their first title; 0-0 after extra time
  • 2016 NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit
  • 2017 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan
  • 2018 Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case
  • 2018 Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze
  • 2018 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong
  • 2019 Largest earthquake in California in 20 years 6.4 magnitude near Ridgecrest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Egypt claims 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun bust is stolen as it sells for $6 million at auction at Christies

Pharoah of Egypt Tutankhamun
Pharoah of Egypt
Tutankhamun
  • 2019 Biggest seaweed bloom in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico after algae explosion due to deforestation and fertiliser
  • 2019 Notorious Dutch crime boss Willem Holleeder sentenced to life for ordering five murders in Amsterdam
  • 2019 UN accuses Venezuelan government of using death squads and policy of installing fear to remove opposition with 5,287 people killed in 2018 for supposedly resisting arrest
  • 2019 US publication Mad Magazine announces it will stop publishing new material after 67 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 US President Donald Trump holds a “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., controversial for its emphasis on the military and presence of tanks

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2019 Russian President Vladmir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
Pope Pope Francis
Pope
Pope Francis
  • 2019 Record temperatures in Alaska as Anchorage reaches 90F (32C)
  • 2020 Record rain in over island of Kyushu in Japan causes flooding killing a least 37 people with evacuation of more than 200,00