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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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.

  • 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.

Historic Event

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.

Historic Event

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.

  • Dec 20 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque completed (begun 1994), becoming the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi
  • 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.

Assassination

Dec 27 Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber in Rawalpindi

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

NFL 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

  • 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

Harvey Weinstein

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

Jimmy Fallon

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

Katherine Heigl

Dec 23 American "Grey's Anatomy" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds American pop-country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

Billie Piper

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


Famous Divorces

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

Eddie Van Halen

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


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Anton Rodgers, British actor (May to December), dies at 74
  • 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. [Chad Butler], American rapper (Underground Kingz), dies of overuse of prescription cough syrup and sleep apnea at 33
  • 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 contemporary classical composer, and pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 6 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, dies at 24
  • Dec 6 András Szőllősy, Hungarian composer, and musicologist (cataloged works of Béla Bartók), dies at 86
  • 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 child actress (Now and Then), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Dec 12 Ike Turner, American musician ("Rocket 88"; Ike and Tina Turner - "A Fool in Love"; "Proud Mary"), 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 20 Tommy Byrne, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1950; World Series 1949, 56; NY Yankees), dies at 87
  • 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)

Oscar Peterson

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

  • Dec 24 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • Dec 24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • Dec 25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • Dec 25 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets; Auckland CA), 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)

AssassinationBenazir 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

  • 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 (The Man Without A Past), and art-rock bassist and singer (Motelli Skronkle), dies at 51
  • Dec 31 Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)