On This Day

What Happened in January 2007

Historical Events

  • 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 1 93rd Rose Bowl: #8 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 32-18
  • Jan 1 36th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Boise State beats #7 Oklahoma, 43-42 (OT)
  • Jan 2 73rd Orange Bowl: #5 Louisville beats #15 Wake Forest, 24-13
  • Jan 3 High profile Miami Dolphins NFL head coach Nick Saban resigns after agreeing to return to college football and take head coaching job at Alabama
  • Jan 3 National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • Jan 3 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14

Election of Interest

Jan 4 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House

Sports History

Jan 5 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Jan 5 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dmitry Tursunov beats Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead, and first title

Sports History

Jan 7 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

  • Jan 7 Danish TV drama "The Killing" created by Søren Sveistrup and starring Sofie Gråbøl premieres on DR1
  • Jan 8 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14

Historic Event

Jan 9 Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone

Film and TV Awards

Jan 9 33rd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Jennifer Aniston win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Eva Longoria win (TV)

Historic Event

Jan 11 Author J. K. Rowling finishes the 7th and last Harry Potter novel in room 552 of the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

  • 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.

Historic Event

Jan 14 Legendary Russian test pilot Marina Popovich is awarded the honorary title "The Hero of the Nation" by the Russian Federation

  • 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.

Historic Publication

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.

Film Awards

Jan 20 12th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "The Departed" wins Best Film

  • Jan 20 Utah coach Jerry Sloan passes Larry Brown for 4th on the NBA's all-time win list (1,010) after the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls, 95-85 at the United Center
  • Jan 21 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • Jan 21 AFC Championship, RCA Dome, Indianapolis: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots, 38-34
  • Jan 21 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints, 39-14
  • 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 24 55th NHL All-Star Game, American Airlines Centre, Dallas, TX: West beats East, 12-9; MVP: Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres, C

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2; first time the tournament used Hawk-Eye system for official line-calls

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Swiss ace Roger Federer successfully defends his title beating Fernando González of Chile 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

  • Jan 28 23rd Sundance Film Festival: "Padre Nuestro", directed by Christopher Zalla, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Sports History

Jan 29 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

  • 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

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 9 "Ugly Betty" actress Ashley Jensen (37) weds actor and writer Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist & screenwriter, dies at 98
  • Jan 1 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle), dies at 94
  • Jan 1 Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs, dies at 84
  • Jan 1 Julius Hegyi, American conductor, dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist, dies at 63
  • Jan 1 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer, dies of heart attack at 55
  • Jan 1 Del Reeves, American country music singer, dies at 74
  • Jan 1 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • Jan 2 Teddy Kollek, Israeli politician (Mayor of Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • Jan 2 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist, dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor & World War II researcher, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister, dies at 77
  • Jan 2 Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor, dies at 69
  • Jan 2 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), dies of heart attack at 69
  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian, dies at 65
  • Jan 2 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy, dies at 64
  • Jan 2 A. Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer & professor, dies at 55
  • Jan 2 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink, dies at 49
  • Jan 3 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • Jan 3 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • Jan 3 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • Jan 3 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 4 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • Jan 4 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • Jan 4 Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 4 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • Jan 4 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 4 Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)

Momofuku Ando

Jan 5 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, dies of heart failure at 96

  • Jan 5 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet. dies of kidney and lung cancer at 83 [1]
  • Jan 6 Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 6 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • Jan 7 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, American NASCAR driver and team owner, dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 7 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge, dies at 98
  • Jan 8 Yvonne De Carlo [Middleton], Canadian-American actress (10 Commandments; The Munsters-Lily), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Jan 8 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 8 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • Jan 10 Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 94
  • Jan 10 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 (Aurea) "Puch" Balseiro, Puerto Rican bolero and filin singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • Jan 11 Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • Jan 12 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 12 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda) dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • Jan 13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • Jan 13 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), dies at 70
  • Jan 14 Darlene Conley, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (What's My Line?, United Kingdom), dies at 83
  • Jan 15 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 15 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • Jan 15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • Jan 15 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • Jan 16 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), dies of a stroke at 71
  • Jan 16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • Jan 16 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 17 Art Buchwald, American columnist and author (The Washington Post), dies at 81
  • Jan 17 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jan 18 Brent Liles, American rock bassist (Agent Orange, 1981-84; Social Distortion, 1988-92), dies after being hit by a truck while cycling at 43
  • Jan 19 Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler, dies of a drug overdose at 45
  • Jan 19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • Jan 19 Denny Doherty, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter (The Mamas and The Papas - "California Dreamin'"), dies from abdominal aortic aneurysm at 66
  • Jan 19 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • Jan 20 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
  • Jan 21 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • Jan 21 U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • Jan 22 Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
  • Jan 22 Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
  • Jan 22 Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
  • Jan 22 Liz Renay [Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins], American actress (Desperate Living), dies at 80
  • Jan 23 E. Howard Hunt, American intelligence officer involved in Watergate break-in, dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Jan 23 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • Jan 24 Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
  • Jan 24 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, dies at 115
  • Jan 26 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • Jan 26 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • Jan 27 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), dies of cardiac arrest at 86
  • Jan 27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • Jan 27 Bob Carroll, American screenwriter (I Love Lucy, Stage Two Revue, Stranger), dies at 88
  • Jan 27 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwanese decathlete (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), dies at 90
  • Jan 28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 28 Karel Svoboda, Czech pianist, composer of popular songs and television music, dies of suspected suicide at 68
  • Jan 28 Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
  • Jan 28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • Jan 28 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)