Historical Events for Year 2007
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Jan 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.
Jan 1st - Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
Jan 1st - Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
Jan 3rd - National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
Jan 4th - The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
Jan 5th - Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jan 7th - Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins
Jan 9th - Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.
Jan 9th - 33rd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Jennifer Aniston win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Eva Longoria win (TV)
Jan 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 Jan 12th - Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
Jan 13th - Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
Jan 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.
Jan 17th - The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
Jan 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.
Jan 19th - Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.
Jan 21st - Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
Jan 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.
Jan 24th - 55th NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 12-9 at Dallas, Texas
Tennis Player Roger Federer Jan 28th - 95th Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Fernando Gonzalez (7-6, 6-4, 6-4)
Jan 28th - 95th Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-2)
Jan 29th - Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens
Jan 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.
Feb 3rd - A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
Feb 4th - Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB
Feb 10th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 31-28
NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning Feb 11th - A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Feb 11th - 49th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins
Feb 12th - A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
Feb 12th - Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership
Feb 13th - Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
Feb 18th - 56th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-132 at Las Vegas
Feb 18th - 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer Feb 19th - Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
Feb 21st - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
Feb 23rd - Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
Feb 23rd - A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
Feb 24th - 27th Golden Raspberry Awards: Basic Instinct 2 wins
Feb 25th - 79th Academy Awards - "The Departed," Forest Whitaker & Helen Mirren win
Feb 27th - The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
Feb 27th - The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
NHL Legend Mark Messier Feb 27th - Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers
Feb 28th - Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
Mar 1st - Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
Mar 1st - "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots.
Mar 4th - Estonian parliamentary election, 2007: Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.
Mar 6th - Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
Mar 7th - British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014)
Mar 9th - The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens.
Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson Mar 10th - 21st Soul Train Music Awards: Jermaine Dupri, Jennifer Hudson win
Mar 23rd - Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia.
Mar 23rd - Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters.
Mar 23rd - After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films
Mar 24th - The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
Mar 31st - In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
Apr 2nd - 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75
Apr 3rd - Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
Apr 3rd - 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers 59-46
Actress Emma Watson Apr 4th - 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
Apr 8th - 71st Golf Masters Championship: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
Apr 11th - 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.
Apr 14th - At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Apr 14th - 160th Grand National: Robbie Power aboard Silver Birch wins
Apr 16th - Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
Apr 16th - 41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins
Apr 16th - "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival
Singer Carrie Underwood Apr 18th - The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
Apr 20th - Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
Apr 24th - Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
Apr 25th - Boris Yeltsin's funeral - the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.
Apr 26th - Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
Russian President Boris Yeltsin Apr 27th - Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
Apr 28th - 2007 NFL Draft: JaMarcus Russell from LSU first pick by Oakland Raiders
Apr 29th - Republic Protests in Turkey.
May 1st - The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
May 3rd - British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
May 4th - Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
May 4th - The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
May 5th - Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
May 5th - 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17
Actress Cameron Diaz May 6th - "Shrek the Third" directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres in Westwood Ca.
May 7th - The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
May 8th - A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin as Deputy First Minister.
May 11th - Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.
May 12th - 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 13th - Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
265th Pope Benedict XVI May 13th - Republic Protests in Turkey.
May 15th - 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win
May 16th - 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.
May 16th - Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France
May 17th - 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 19th - 133rd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46
May 19th - "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.
Actor Johnny Depp May 19th - "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time
May 19th - 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 21st - Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
May 23rd - UEFA Champions League: Milan of Italy beat Liverpool of England 2-1 in Athens
May 25th - The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
May 27th - Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h)
Jun 1st - 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 1st - Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places.
Jun 3rd - USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. (details)
Jun 6th - Stanley Cup: first time winners Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators 4-1
Jun 8th - 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.
Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson Jun 8th - Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness
Jun 9th - 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
Jun 10th - 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win
Jun 10th - 53rd LPGA Championship won by Suzann Pettersen
Jun 10th - "The Sopranos" series finale on HBO (infamous "cut to black" ending)
Jun 10th - 106th French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4)
Jun 10th - 106th French Open: Justine Henin beats Ana Ivanovic (6-1, 6-2)
Jun 12th - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin
Jun 12th - "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney
Actor Shia LaBeouf Jun 13th - The Al Askari Mosque is bombed again.
Jun 13th - 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 14th - 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0
Jun 17th - 107th US Golf Open: Ángel Cabrera shoots a 285 at Oakmont GC PA
Jun 24th - The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
Jun 25th - 2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.
Jun 27th - The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.
Jun 27th - Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Jun 28th - Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies.
Jun 29th - Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.
Jun 29th - Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway
Jun 30th - A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.
Jul 1st - 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 7th - Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.
Jul 7th - Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth.
Tennis Player Venus Williams Jul 8th - 114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)
Jul 8th - 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)
Jul 10th - 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
Jul 11th - 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win
Jul 11th - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released.
Jul 14th - Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
Jul 16th - 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 17th - 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.
Actor Jon Hamm Jul 19th - The first episode of "Mad Men" debuts. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper
Jul 21st - 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 22nd - 136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links
Jul 24th - Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
Jul 25th - Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president
Jul 27th - Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: 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. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
Jul 31st - Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
Aug 1st - The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
Aug 4th - NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.
MLB Legend Barry Bonds Aug 7th - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
Aug 7th - "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies
Aug 8th - 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 12th - Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
Aug 12th - 89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club