What Happened in December 2007

Historical Events

  • 1st 16th SEC Championship Game: #5 LSU beats #14 Tennessee, 21-14
  • 1st 3rd ACC Championship Game: #6 Virginia Tech beats #12 Boston College, 30-16
  • 1st 12th Big 12 Championship Game: #9 Oklahoma beats #1 Missouri, 38-17
  • 2nd 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)
  • 3rd Devastating winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days. At least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damaged are blamed on the floods.
  • 5th Westroads Mall massacre: A gunman opens fire with a semi-automatic rifle at an Omaha, Nebraska mall, killing eight people before taking his own life.
  • 7th The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit.
  • 8th 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
  • 11th Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.

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13th The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players to be named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 17th Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
  • 19th The Lakotah people, a Native American tribe, proclaim independence and withdraw all their treaties with the United States. They then proceed to establish the Republic of Lakotah, with an ongoing process of international recognition as a separate country.

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20th Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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20th The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 21st The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.

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27th Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber.

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 28th Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.

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29th Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 31st Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
  • 31st The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.

Famous Birthdays

  • 17th James Windsor, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Famous Weddings

  • 8th "Happy Days" actor and legendary bachelor Scott Baio (46) weds longtime girlfriend Renee Sloan at a luxury high-rise in Los Angeles
  • 8th Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida
  • 15th "Marchesa" designer Georgina Chapman (31) weds Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein (55) in Connecticut, USA

HeartWedding of Interest

22nd Former "Saturday Night Live" host Jimmy Fallon (33) weds Hollywood producer Nancy Juvonen (40) on Necker Island in Caribbean

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon

HeartWedding of Interest

23rd "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah


Famous Divorces

  • 17th Actor Dermot Mulroney (44) divorces actress Catherine Keener (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

20th "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 3rd James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • 4th Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
  • 4th Chip Reese, American professional poker player (b. 1951)
  • 4th Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • 5th Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
  • 5th Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • 6th Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite (b. 1983)
  • 8th Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
  • 9th Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)
  • 10th Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • 11th Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 11th Grace Paley, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 11th Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)
  • 12th Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)
  • 13th Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 13th Mark Partridge, Rhodesian politician
  • 15th John Berg (actor), American actor (b. 1949)
  • 15th Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
  • 16th Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 18th Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court judge (b. 1924)
  • 18th Jack Linkletter, American television host, son of Art Linkletter (b. 1937)
  • 18th Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • 20th Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
  • 21st Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 22nd Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 23rd William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
  • 23rd Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)

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23rd Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (b. 1925)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 24th Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • 24th Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 25th Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • 25th Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • 26th John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • 26th Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • 26th Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)

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27th Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan is assassinated at 54

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 27th Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
  • 27th Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • 28th Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • 29th Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • 29th Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 31st Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • 31st Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 31st Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
  • 31st Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 31st Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • 31st Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)
  • 31st Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • 31st Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)