What Happened in December 2007

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 16th SEC Championship Game: #5 LSU beats #14 Tennessee, 21-14
  • Dec 1 3rd ACC Championship Game: #6 Virginia Tech beats #12 Boston College, 30-16
  • Dec 1 12th Big 12 Championship Game: #9 Oklahoma beats #1 Missouri, 38-17
  • Dec 2 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)
  • Dec 3 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.
  • Dec 5 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.
  • Dec 7 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.
  • Dec 8 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
  • Dec 11 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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Dec 13 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
  • Dec 17 Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
  • Dec 19 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 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
Pablo Picasso
  • Dec 21 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.


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

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

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 29 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
  • Dec 31 Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
  • Dec 31 The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 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

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

Famous Divorces

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 20 "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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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


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

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Dec 27 Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 27 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • Dec 29 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • Dec 29 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
  • Dec 31 Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Dec 31 Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • Dec 31 Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)
  • Dec 31 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • Dec 31 Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)