On This Day

What Happened in December 2007

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 16th SEC Championship Game: #5 LSU beats #14 Tennessee, 21-14
  • Dec 1 3rd ACC Championship Game: #6 Virginia Tech beats #12 Boston College, 30-16
  • Dec 1 12th Big 12 Championship Game: #9 Oklahoma beats #1 Missouri, 38-17

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Dec 1 T. C. Williams High School’s newly constructed basketball court is named after Earl Lloyd

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, Portland, Oregan: Bob and Mike Bryan team to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-1) over Russia; beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev 7-6, 6-4, 6-2; 32nd US title
  • 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 4 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaká is named best football player in the world; first year in which players from clubs outside the UEFA federation eligible for nomination
  • 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 8 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
  • 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.

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Dec 13 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 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
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 in Rawalpindi

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
  • Dec 28 Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 29 Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Dec 29 American boxer Steve Cunningham defends his IBF cruiserweight title for the first time with a 12th-round TKO of local favourite Marco Huck in Bielefeld, Germany
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 17 James Windsor, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 8 "Happy Days" actor and legendary bachelor Scott Baio (46) weds longtime girlfriend Renee Sloan at a luxury high-rise in Los Angeles
  • Dec 8 Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 15 "Marchesa" designer Georgina Chapman (31) weds Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein (55) in Connecticut, USA

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Former "Saturday Night Live" host Jimmy Fallon (33) weds Hollywood producer Nancy Juvonen (40) on Necker Island in the Caribbean

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 23 "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actress Billie Piper (25) marries fellow actor Laurence Fox (29)

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Famous Divorces

  • Dec 17 Actor Dermot Mulroney (44) divorces actress Catherine Keener (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 20 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 26 years of marriage

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
  • Dec 1 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), dies at 78
  • Dec 1 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • Dec 2 Thomas F. Torrance, Scottish Protestant theologist, dies at 94
  • Dec 3 James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • Dec 4 Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 4 Chip Reese, American poker player (3 x World Series of Poker bracelets), dies from pneumonia at 56
  • Dec 4 Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • Dec 4 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 5 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 6 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, dies at 24
  • Dec 8 Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
  • Dec 9 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer, dies at 76
  • Dec 10 Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • Dec 10 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Dec 11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • Dec 11 Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)
  • Dec 12 Ike Turner, American musician (Ike and Tina Turner - A Fool in Love), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • Dec 13 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Dec 13 Mark Partridge, Rhodesian politician
  • Dec 15 John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), takes his own life at 58
  • Dec 15 Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
  • Dec 16 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • Dec 16 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98
  • Dec 18 Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court judge (b. 1924)
  • Dec 18 Jack Linkletter, American TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • Dec 20 Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
  • Dec 21 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • Dec 22 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • Dec 22 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86
  • Dec 22 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), dies at 97
  • Dec 23 William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 23 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

Dec 23 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • Dec 24 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • Dec 24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • Dec 25 Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • Dec 25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • Dec 25 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • Dec 26 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)

MurderBenazir Bhutto

Dec 27 Benazir Bhutto, 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, assassinated in Rawalpindi by a suicide bomber at 54

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
  • Dec 27 Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 27 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • Dec 29 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • Dec 29 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
  • Dec 31 Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Dec 31 Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • Dec 31 Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)
  • Dec 31 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • Dec 31 Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)