What Happened in 2007 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 261

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 12 2007 Karachi riots, which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.
  • May 12 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing "Molitva" in Helsinki
  • May 13 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
  • May 13 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 15 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • May 16 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • May 17 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
  • May 19 132nd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19 "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

  • May 19 Coen brothers film "No Country for Old Men", based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Picture 2008)
  • May 19 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • May 20 53rd British Academy Television Awards: "That Mitchell and Webb Look" Best Comedy, "The Street" Best Drama
  • May 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 23 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens
  • May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h)
  • May 27 60th Cannes Film Festival: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" directed by Cristian Mungiu wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 1 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
  • Jun 1 Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places.
  • Jun 3 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. (details)
  • Jun 6 Stanley Cup: first time winners Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators 4-1
  • Jun 8 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • Jun 9 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • Jun 10 53rd LPGA Championship won by Suzann Pettersen
  • Jun 10 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win
  • Jun 10 "The Sopranos" series finale on HBO (infamous "cut to black" ending)
  • Jun 10 106th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 10 106th Women's French Open: Justine Henin beats Ana Ivanovic (6-1, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 12 "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney

Actor Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
Actress Megan Fox
Megan Fox
  • Jun 13 The Al Askari Mosque is bombed again.
  • Jun 13 First large scale exhibition of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's work in Mexico opens at Palacio de Bellas Artes on the 100th anniversary of her birth
  • Jun 14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0
  • Jun 17 107th US Golf Open: Ángel Cabrera shoots a 285 at Oakmont GC PA
  • Jun 24 The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
  • Jun 25 2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.
  • Jun 27 The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • Jun 28 Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies.
  • Jun 29 Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

Singer-Songwriter Enya
  • Jun 30 A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.
  • Jul 1 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
  • Jul 3 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-2 to win in Spain
  • Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.
  • Jul 7 Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal
  • Jul 10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 11 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released.

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
  • Jul 16 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • Jul 17 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 The first episode of "Mad Men" debuts. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper

Actor Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
  • Jul 21 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs
  • Jul 22 136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Jul 24 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
  • Jul 25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president
  • Jul 26 40th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 27 two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
  • Jul 29 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Jul 31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
  • Aug 1 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
  • Aug 4 NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 7 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

  • Aug 8 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
  • Aug 12 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 12 89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 14 The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 400 people.
  • Aug 15 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  • Aug 21 Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
  • Aug 22 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • Aug 22 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • Aug 24 11th World Championships in Athletics open at Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 29 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • Aug 29 64th Venice Film Festival: "Lust, Caution" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 11th World Championships in Athletics close at Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 5 Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 9 24th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, Fergie & Justin Timberlake win

Singer Rihanna
Singer Fergie Duhamel
Fergie Duhamel
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Sep 9 127th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Novak Đoković (7-6, 7-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 9 127th Women's U.S. Open: Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-1, 6-3)
  • Sep 10 Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
  • Sep 11 Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Shinzō Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
  • Sep 14 Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect.
  • Sep 14 53rd National Film Awards (India): "Kaalpurush" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Sep 15 32nd Toronto International Film Festival: "Eastern Promises" directed by David Cronenberg wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
  • Sep 16 59th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, James Spader & Sally Field win
  • Sep 17 AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York, New York.
  • Sep 18 Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president.
  • Sep 18 Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution.

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 713

  • Jan 31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author (b. 1944)
  • Jan 31 Lee Bergere, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Jan 31 Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)
  • Feb 1 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer (b. 1911)
  • Feb 1 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 1 Ray Berres, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
  • Feb 1 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
  • Feb 2 Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • Feb 2 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • Feb 2 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners) (b. 1939)
  • Feb 2 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • Feb 2 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 3 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • Feb 3 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • Feb 3 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • Feb 4 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 4 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • Feb 5 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • Feb 5 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Lee Hoffman, American author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (b. 1939)
  • Feb 6 Frankie Laine, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 8 Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture dies suddenly at 39
  • Feb 8 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation expert (b. 1918)
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Feb 9 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • Feb 10 Ned Austin, American character actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • Feb 11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • Feb 12 Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • Feb 13 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 13 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • Feb 14 Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker. (b. 1943)
  • Feb 15 Walker Edmiston, actor (b. 1926)
  • Feb 15 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Feb 17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Feb 17 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Feb 17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • Feb 19 Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)
  • Feb 19 Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1921)
  • Feb 20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 20 Mike Awesome, Pro Wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 22 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • Feb 22 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran (b. 1918)
  • Feb 22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • Feb 23 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Bruce Bennett, American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies from complications of a broken hip at 100
  • Feb 24 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • Feb 24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 25 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Mark Spoelstra, American singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Feb 27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)
  • Feb 28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b.1917)
  • Feb 28 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • Mar 2 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • Mar 2 Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Mar 2 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • Mar 2 Henri Troyat, French writer, dean of the Académie française (b. 1911)
  • Mar 3 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian catoonist, creater of La Linea.
  • Mar 4 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Bob Hattoy, American activist (b. 1950)
  • Mar 4 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 4 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • Mar 4 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian politician
  • Mar 6 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 6 Allen Coage (aka "Bad News Brown", "Bad News Allen"), American professional wrestler and judoka (b. 1943)
  • Mar 6 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • Mar 8 John Inman, English actor (b. 1935)
  • Mar 8 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 8 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 9 Brad Delp, American singer (Boston) (b. 1951)
  • Mar 9 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1921)
  • Mar 9 Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
  • Mar 10 Richard Jeni, American comedian (b. 1957)
  • Mar 10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 11 Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 13 Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • Mar 14 Lucie Aubrac, French history teacher and member of the French Resistance (b. 1912)
  • Mar 14 Gareth Hunt, English actor (b. 1943)