On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in July 1979

  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

Person of interestJoe Thornton

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer, born in Trikala, Greece
  • Jul 3 Ludivine Sagnier, French actress (Swimming Pool), born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Mihaylovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter, born in Corfu, Greece
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver, born in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • Jul 12 Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player
  • Jul 13 Craig Bellamy, Welsh soccer forward (78 caps; Newcastle United, Norwich City, Manchester City), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 14 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Jul 14 Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier, born in Saalburg-Ebersdorf, East Germany
  • Jul 15 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer

Person of interestKim Rhode

Jul 16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • Jul 16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 18 Deion Branch, American football player
  • Jul 19 Luke Young, English footballer
  • Jul 19 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • Jul 19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jul 20 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • Jul 20 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • Jul 21 David Carr, American football player, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Jul 21 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player (Indiana Fever), born in Stratford, New Jersey
  • Jul 22 Lucas Luhr, German racing driver
  • Jul 22 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • Jul 23 Ricardo Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver, born in Toledo
  • Jul 24 Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 24 Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
  • Jul 24 José Valverde, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Ali Carter, English professional snooker player, born in Colchester, Essex
  • Jul 26 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 26 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 27 Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer (second Mexican to win world titles in 4 weight divisions), born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Jul 29 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • Jul 29 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • Jul 30 Graeme McDowell, Irish golfer (US Open 2010), born in Portrush, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 30 Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican basketball player, born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 31 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • Jul 31 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer and coach, born in Las Cabezas de San Juan, Spain
  • Jul 31 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player

About July 1979

How Old? 42 years old
Generation: Generation X
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Signs: Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22), Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)