16th - Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan
Sometimes I come across things that I never knew happened. This month I've discovered something shameful that I never knew happened, or had only a passing awareness of. On 3 July 1988, the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf shot down an Iranian Air commercial passenger jet, mistaking it for an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter plane. All 290 people on board were killed. The US has never apologized for the incident.
6th - medical waste begins washing up on the beaches of the Greater New York area including Long Island and the Jersey Shore, forcing the closing of beaches.
20th - Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen receive the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations at the Democratic National Convention.