What Happened in January 2007

Historical Events

  • 1st Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.
  • 1st Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
  • 1st Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
  • 1st 93rd Rose Bowl: #8 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 32-18
  • 1st 36th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Boise State beats #7 Oklahoma, 43-42 (OT)
  • 2nd 73rd Orange Bowl: #5 Louisville beats #15 Wake Forest, 24-13
  • 3rd National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • 3rd 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14
  • 4th The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

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5th Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

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7th Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

  • 8th 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14

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9th Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

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9th 33rd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Jennifer Aniston win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Eva Longoria win (TV)

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11th Author J. K. Rowling finishes the 7th and last Harry Potter novel in room 552 of the Bamoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • 12th Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
  • 13th Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
  • 15th Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
  • 15th 64th Golden Globes: Babel, Forest Whitaker, & Helen Mirren win
  • 17th The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
  • 18th The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.
  • 19th Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

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20th 12th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Departed wins Best Film

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 21st Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • 21st AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots 38-34
  • 21st NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints 39-14
  • 22nd The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 24th 55th NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 12-9 at Dallas, Texas

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28th 95th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Fernando Gonzalez (7-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roger Federer
Tennis Player
Roger Federer

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28th 95th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 28th 23rd Sundance Film Festival: "Padre Nuestro", directed by Christopher Zalla, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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29th Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 31st Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.

Famous Weddings

  • 9th "Ugly Betty" actress Ashley Jensen (37) weds actor and writer Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 103

  • 1st A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1st Ernie Koy, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1st Tillie Olsen, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 1st Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs (b. 1922)
  • 1st Julius Hegyi, American conductor (b. 1923)
  • 1st Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943)
  • 1st Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (b. 1951)
  • 1st Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 1st Del Reeves, American country singer (b. 1932)
  • 1st Tad Jones, American jazz music historian (b. 1952)
  • 2nd Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born mayor of Jerusalem (b. 1911)
  • 2nd David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist (b. 1919)
  • 2nd Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
  • 2nd Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
  • 2nd Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor (b. 1937)
  • 2nd Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golf player (b. 1937)
  • 2nd Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)
  • 2nd Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy (b. 1942)
  • 2nd Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
  • 2nd Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
  • 2nd Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink (b. 1957)
  • 3rd William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • 3rd Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • 3rd Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • 3rd Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • 3rd Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • 4th Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 4th Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • 4th Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
  • 4th Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • 4th Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 4th Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • 4th Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • 4th Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 4th Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • 4th Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)

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5th Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, die of heart failure at 96

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • 5th Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • 6th Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
  • 6th Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American musician and special-effects artist (b. 1934)
  • 6th Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • 7th Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic-born television presenter (b. 1929)
  • 7th Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • 8th Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
  • 8th Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), dies at 84
  • 8th Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 8th David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 8th Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 9th Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 10th Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (b. 1912)
  • 10th Bradford Washburn, American explorer (b. 1910)
  • 11th Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 11th Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • 11th Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • 12th Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • 12th Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
  • 13th Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949)
  • 13th Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • 14th Darlene Conley, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 14th Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (b. 1924)
  • 15th Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • 15th James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)
  • 15th David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • 15th Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 15th Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • 16th Ron Carey, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 16th Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • 17th Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • 17th Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • 18th Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
  • 19th Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler (b. 1961)
  • 19th Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • 19th Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)
  • 19th Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer (b. 1969)
  • 21st Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • 21st U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • 22nd Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
  • 22nd Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
  • 22nd Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
  • 23rd E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)
  • 23rd Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 23rd Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • 24th Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
  • 24th Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • 24th Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's Oldest Military Veteran (b. 1891)
  • 26th Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • 26th Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)
  • 27th Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 27th Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • 28th Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
  • 28th Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • 28th Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 28th Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
  • 28th Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • 28th Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • 29th Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 29th Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • 30th Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor and artistic director (b. 1934)

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30th Sidney Sheldon, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
  • 31st Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)