July 1987 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Jul 1 US President Ronald Reagan nominates Robert Bork for a seat on the Supreme Court, rejected by US Senate in October

  • Jul 2 Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
  • Jul 3 2 men became 1st hot-air balloon travelers to cross Atlantic
  • Jul 4 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

Historic Event

Jul 4 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France

  • Jul 6 1st of 3 massacres by Sikh extremists takes place in India
  • Jul 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women

Historic Event

Jul 7 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing

  • Jul 8 Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • Jul 9 1 million South Koreans demonstrate against Chun Doo Hwan regime
  • Jul 9 Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
  • Jul 12 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • Jul 12 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar
  • Jul 14 Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million
  • Jul 14 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony
  • Jul 14 Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law
  • Jul 15 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • Jul 15 State of siege ends in Taiwan
  • Jul 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 16 Said Aouita runs world record 2000m (4:50.81)
  • Jul 17 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)

Baseball Record

Jul 17 Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)

  • Jul 17 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • Jul 17 Iran and France break diplomatic relations
  • Jul 18 Molly Yard elected new President of National Organization for Women
  • Jul 19 Don Mattingly sets AL record of extra base hits in 10 cons games
  • Jul 20 Don Mattingly ties 1st base fielding record with 22 put-outs
  • Jul 22 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 5k record (12:58.39) in Rome
  • Jul 22 Soyuz TM-3 launched with 3 cosmonauts (1 Syrian)
  • Jul 22 US began escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Jul 23 Said Aouita of Morocco runs world record 5,000 m (12:58.39)
  • Jul 24 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
  • Jul 24 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 25 R. Venkataraman becomes the eighth President of India
  • Jul 25 USSR launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite
  • Jul 27 First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreck begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.
  • Jul 27 John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi "Ivan the Terrible", testifies in Israel
  • Jul 27 Salt Lake City Trappers lose 7-5 to Billings Mustangs, ending their professional-record winning streak at 29 consecutive
  • Jul 30 An ANC car bomb directed at the headquarters of the Wits Command in Johannesburg South Africa kills 1 person and injures 68
  • Jul 31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage
  • Jul 31 Battle between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
  • Jul 31 Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 11 Matej Gaspar, Yugoslavia, 5,000,000,000th person (UN)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), dies of internal injuries at 64
  • Jul 26 Jim Bishop, American journalist and author (The Day Lincoln was Shot), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, American philosopher, political theorist and Trotskyist (The Managerial Revolution, Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)