What Happened in January 2007

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 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.
  • Jan 1 Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
  • Jan 1 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
  • Jan 1 93rd Rose Bowl: #8 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 32-18
  • Jan 1 36th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Boise State beats #7 Oklahoma, 43-42 (OT)
  • Jan 2 73rd Orange Bowl: #5 Louisville beats #15 Wake Forest, 24-13
  • Jan 3 National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • Jan 3 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14
  • Jan 4 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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Jan 5 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

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

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Jan 12 Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
  • Jan 13 Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
  • Jan 15 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.
  • Jan 15 64th Golden Globes: Babel, Forest Whitaker, & Helen Mirren win
  • Jan 17 Doomsday Clock set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's 1st nuclear test
  • Jan 18 Hurricane Kyrill: kills at least 44 in Western Europe: strongest British storm in 17 years kills 14 people, worst German storm since 1999 with 13 deaths and causes container Ship MSC Napoli to be destroyed off coast of Devon
  • Jan 19 Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 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
  • Jan 28 23rd Sundance Film Festival: "Padre Nuestro", directed by Christopher Zalla, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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Jan 29 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
  • Jan 31 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

  • Jan 9 "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

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

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

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

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