Events in History in 2007

  • 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 3 National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • 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 7 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

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Jan 9 Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone

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

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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.

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Jan 15 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Biafran War, "Half of a Yellow Sun", is published

  • 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.
  • Jan 21 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • 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 30 "Lost Without U" single released by Robin Thicke (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)
  • 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.
  • Feb 3 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
  • Feb 8 57th Berlin International Film Festival: "Tuya's Marriage" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Feb 12 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
  • Feb 13 Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement when mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for 2008 presidential election.
  • Feb 18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
  • Feb 21 Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
  • Feb 23 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • Feb 23 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 27 The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
  • Feb 27 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
  • Feb 28 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
  • Mar 1 Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
  • Mar 1 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots.
  • Mar 4 Estonian parliamentary election: approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, world's 1st nationwide vote where part of the vote casting allowed by remote electronic voting
  • Mar 6 Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
  • Mar 7 British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014)
  • Mar 9 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.
  • Mar 23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mar 23 Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters.
  • Mar 24 The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
  • Mar 31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
  • Apr 3 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • Apr 4 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • Apr 11 Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wounds a further 222
  • Apr 14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
  • Apr 16 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 18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
  • Apr 20 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 24 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

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Apr 25 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.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 26 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
  • Apr 27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • Apr 29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Instanbul, Turkey
  • May 1 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 3 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
  • May 4 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
  • May 4 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
  • May 5 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • May 7 The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
  • May 8 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister

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

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 12 Riots in Karachi, Pakistan are started by the arrival at Karachi's airport of independently minded Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and go on to kill 48 people
  • 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
  • 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.

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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 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
  • 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 5 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second flyby of Venus
  • 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.
  • Jun 10 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win

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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
  • Jun 13 The Al Askari Mosque in Samarra is bombed reportedly by Iraqi Baathists, destroying the mosque's two ten-story minarets

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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

Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo
  • Jun 24 The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours
  • Jun 25 Flooding in parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom 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.

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Jun 27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • Jun 29 Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.
  • 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 "Just Got Started Lovin' You" single released by James Otto (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)
  • Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.
  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.

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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.
  • Aug 14 Coordinated bombings in Yazidi communities in Iraq kill at least 500 people, the second-deadliest terror attack of all time
  • 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 Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • Aug 23 Hashtag invented and first used in a tweet by US product designer Chris Messina
  • Aug 29 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • Sep 3 Panama Canal's "Third Set of Locks" expansion project begins with a huge initial explosion under Paraíso Hill that is watched by thousands of people
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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

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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 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 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 City
  • 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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Sep 24 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a controversial speech on the campus of Columbia University.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Sep 26 Shinzō Abe formally ends his first term as Prime Minister of Japan
  • Sep 29 Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, the magnox reactor and Calder hall was demolished in a controlled explosion.
  • Oct 1 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.
  • Oct 2 President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
  • Oct 6 Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
  • Oct 9 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high
  • Oct 9 “Low” single released by Flo Rida (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)
  • Oct 15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.

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Oct 17 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso

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Oct 18 After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escapes uninjured.

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Oct 19 Bomb explosion rocks Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, the Philippines killing 11, injuring more than 100 people.
  • Oct 25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
  • Oct 29 Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
  • Oct 30 "Long Road Out of Eden" 7th studio album by the Eagles is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2008)
  • Nov 3 Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
  • Nov 5 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
  • Nov 7 Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulting in the death of nine people.

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Nov 10 ¿Por qué no te callas? ("Why don't you shut up?" )incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez.

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Nov 13 An explosion hits the south wing of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon City, killing four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar, and wounding six.
  • Nov 14 the last direct-current distribution by Con Edison was shut down.
  • Nov 15 A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans.
  • Nov 23 MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.
  • Nov 24 Australians elect the Kevin Rudd-led centre-left Australian Labor Party at the federal election, ending the eleven-year tenure of the John Howard-led centre-right Liberal/National coalition government.
  • Nov 25 The first European Parliament election and a referendum on changing the voting system (called by the President and declared invalid because of insufficient turnout) were held in Romania.
  • Nov 29 The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
  • Nov 29 A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.

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Nov 30 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours.

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Dec 3 Devastating winter storms cause Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, closing 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days, resulting in at least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damage
  • 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 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.
  • 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. Establish the Republic of Lakotah, as a separate country.

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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

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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
Painter
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.
  • Dec 28 Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.
  • 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.