Historical Events in 2007

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  • Jan 1 36th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Boise State beats #7 Oklahoma, 43-42 (OT)
  • Jan 1 93rd Rose Bowl: #8 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 32-18
  • Jan 1 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
  • 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 2 73rd Orange Bowl: #5 Louisville beats #15 Wake Forest, 24-13
  • Jan 3 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14
  • 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.

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
  • Jan 7 Danish TV drama "The Killing" created by Søren Sveistrup and starring Sofie Gråbøl premieres on DR1

Sports History

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

  • 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

Historic Publication

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 "Agos" newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast

Critics' Choice Movie 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 AFC Championship, RCA Dome, Indianapolis: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots, 38-34
  • Jan 21 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • 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

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

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

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
  • Feb 3 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.

Super Bowl

Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

  • Feb 8 57th Berlin International Film Festival: "Tuya's Marriage" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 31-28; MVP: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals, QB

Grammy Awards

Feb 11 49th Grammy Awards: [Dixie] Chicks -"Not Ready To Make Nice"; Carrie Underwood (new artist and female country vocal); Bob Dylan; Mary J. Blige; Red Hot Chili Peppers win [1]

  • Feb 11 60th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Queen" Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director
  • 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.

Sports History

Feb 12 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 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 by 0.02s over Mark Martin in the closest finish since the first race at Daytona in 1959

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 18 56th NBA All-Star Game, Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, NV: West beats East, 153-132; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

  • Feb 19 Blogging website Tumblr is founded by David Karp in New York
  • 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 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 23 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • Feb 24 27th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Basic Instinct 2" wins
  • Feb 25 79th Academy Awards: "The Departed", Forest Whitaker & Helen Mirren win

Sports History

Feb 27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

  • Feb 27 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years
  • Feb 27 The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends
  • Feb 28 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
  • Mar 1 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots
  • 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 2 38th NAACP Image Awards: "The Pursuit of Happyness" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 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
  • 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

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 10 21st Soul Train Music Awards: Jermaine Dupri, Jennifer Hudson win

  • Mar 10 28th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Pittsburgh, 65-42
  • Mar 11 48th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Arkansas, 77-56
  • Mar 11 54th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #8 North Carolina beats NC State, 89-80

Hall of Fame

Mar 12 22nd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; R.E.M.; The Ronettes; Patti Smith; and Van Halen

  • Mar 18 Former England Test cricket batsman, and Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is found dead one day after his team's defeat to Ireland puts them out of the World Cup in the West Indies; cause of death remains suspicious

Film & TV History

Mar 23 After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films

  • 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 28 Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler Lasith Malinga produces unprecedented sequence of 4 wickets in 4 balls, as South Africa scrambles to a 1-wicket Super 8's ICC World Cup win in Guyana

Music Single

Mar 29 Rihanna releases her hit single "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z, goes to No. 1 on US Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks

  • Mar 31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.

World Record

Apr 1 American super swimmer Michael Phelps smashes his own world record in the 400m individual medley (4:06.22) to win his record 7th gold medal at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

  • Apr 1 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Morgan Pressel wins by 1 from Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew & Suzann Pettersen; youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major at 18 years, 313 days

WrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania XXIII, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: John Cena beats Shawn Michaels; The Undertaker defeats Batista; Bobby Lashley downs Umaga

  • Apr 2 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State, 84-75; Gators' back-to-back titles; forward Corey Brewer named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 2 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Yelena Isinbayeva; Team: Italy Men's National Football team
  • Apr 3 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers, 59-46; Volunteers' 7th national title; Candace Parker is named Most Outstanding Player
  • 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.

Music History

Apr 3 Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denies saying he smoked his father's ashes in an interview with NME

  • Apr 4 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.

US Masters Golf

Apr 8 71st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Zach Johnson wins his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods

  • Apr 11 Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wounds a further 222
  • Apr 14 160th Grand National: 33–1 shot Silver Birch, ridden by Robbie Power, edges out McKelvey to win by three-quarters of a length

Historic Event

Apr 14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

  • Apr 16 "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

Boston Marathon

Apr 16 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya goes back-to-back for 3rd title in 2:14:13; Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia wins women's race in 2:29:18

  • Apr 16 41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins
  • 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

Historic Event

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 Tsar Alexander III in 1894

  • 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.

Cricket World Cup

Apr 28 Cricket World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Australia defeats Sri Lanka by 53 runs to win their 3rd consecutive World Cup; Glenn McGrath Player of Series

  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • Apr 29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Istanbul, Turkey

Historic Event

Apr 30 German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially hands over the Waldseemüller Map (oldest known document to name America) to the US Library of Congress [1]

Film & TV History

May 1 British model Kate Moss launches a clothing line with chain Topshop

Historic Publication

May 1 Christopher Hitchens publishes his bestseller "God is not Great" making a case against organized religion

  • 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

Sports History

May 5 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard 9-2 favourite Street Sense wins on his home track in front of special guest, Queen Elizabeth II

  • May 5 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.

Film Premiere

May 6 "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 7 Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announces he has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium, West Bank

Historic Event

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

Canonization

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

  • May 12 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing "Molitva" in Helsinki
  • 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 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey
  • May 13 At 16 years, 65 days Matthew Briggs debuts for Fulham in a 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough; youngest player to appear in an English Premier League match
  • May 13 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.

PGA Players Championship

May 13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Phil Mickelson wins by 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sergio García of Spain; event played in May for the first time

  • May 15 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win
  • May 16 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is first Scottish National Party leader to be elected First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

Historic Event

May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

  • May 17 Demolition work begins at Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium to be replaced by the new Aviva Stadium, opened in 2010
  • 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 19 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

Film Premiere

May 19 "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.

  • May 19 132nd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46
  • May 19 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 19 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title
  • May 19 In an all South African final the Bulls (Pretoria) edge the home team Sharks, 20-19 in Durban for their first Super 14 Rugby title; Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard boots 2 penalties & 2 conversions
  • May 19 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • May 20 53rd British Academy Television Awards: "That Mitchell and Webb Look" Best Comedy, "The Street" Best Drama
  • May 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

Music History

May 23 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

  • May 23 UEFA Champions League Final, Athens: Filippo Inzaghi scores twice as AC Milan beats Liverpool, 2-1 for 7th title

Ostankino Tower

May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time

  • May 27 60th Cannes Film Festival: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" directed by Cristian Mungiu wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Scotsman Dario Franchitti declared the winner with 34 laps remaining when race halted by torrential rain

Sports History

May 27 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course: Denis Watson of Zimbabwe wins his lone major title by a 2 stroke margin from Eduardo Romero of Argentina

  • May 31 Rihanna releases her breakthrough album "Good Girl Gone Bad"

Murder of Interest

Jun 1 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for the 1998 second-degree murder of Thomas Youk

  • Jun 3 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engages with pirates after they board Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia

Historic Event

Jun 4 Designer Ralph Lauren is presented with the American Fashion Legend Award by Oprah Winfrey at the CFDA Awards in New York

  • Jun 5 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second flyby of Venus

Album Release

Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Memory Almost Full", in US; his fourteenth solo studio album was the first release on Starbucks' Hear Music label

  • Jun 6 Stanley Cup Final, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA: Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators, 6-2 for a 4-1 series win; Ducks' first Championship

Music Concert

Jun 8 Jazz legend Oscar Peterson forced to cancel his appearance at Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honor), due to illness

  • 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 9 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • Jun 9 French Open Women's Tennis: Justine Henin wins her 3rd consecutive French singles crown; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 6-1, 6-2
  • Jun 10 "The Sopranos" series finale on HBO (infamous "cut to black" ending)
  • Jun 10 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal wins title for the 3rd consecutive year; beats Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

LPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins her first major title by 1 stroke ahead of Australian Karrie Webb

  • Jun 10 Novelty dance song "I'm a Gummy Bear" by German band Gummibär released

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney

Historic Event

Jun 12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 13 The Al Askari Mosque in Samarra is bombed reportedly by Iraqi Baathists, destroying the mosque's two ten-story minarets
  • Jun 14 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs edge Cleveland Cavaliers, 83-82 for a 4-0 series sweep; MVP: Tony Parker
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont GC: Ángel Cabrera wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods; first Open won by an Argentine or a South American

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 20 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, and The Who headline; other performers include The Fratellis, Amy Winehouse, Shirley Bassey, Paul Weller, and Bright Eyes

  • Jun 23 WLAF World Bowl 15, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt: Hamburg Sea Devils beat Frankfurt Galaxy, 37-28
  • 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

Election of Interest

Jun 27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 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.
  • Jun 28 Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies
  • Jun 28 NBA Draft: Ohio State center Greg Oden first pick by Portland Trail Blazers

Music History

Jun 29 Irish singer and songwriter Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

  • 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 England bans smoking 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 1 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles: American Christie Kerr wins by 2 strokes from Lorena Ochoa & Angela Park
  • Jul 3 "Just Got Started Lovin' You" single released by James Otto (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)

Sports History

Jul 3 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain

  • Jul 7 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass
  • Jul 7 Sprint-Nextel and NASCAR announce NASCAR Nextel Cup Series renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lowest ever seeds contest final, Venus Williams (20) beats Marion Bartoli (18) 6-4, 6-1

Music Concert

Jul 7 Worldwide charity concert event "Live Earth" takes place at 12 venues on seven continents; performers include: Genesis, Keith Urban; Foo Fighters; John Legend; Melissa Etheridge; Dave Matthews Band; The Police; Roger Waters; Madonna; Alicia Keys; Garth Brooks; Crowded House; Jack Johnson; Shakira; Soweto Gospel Choir; Angélique Kidjo; UB40; Jack Johnson; Linkin Park; Rihanna; Pharrel Williams; Yusef Islam; Sarah Brightman; and Nunatak

Sports History

Jul 8 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Whistling Straits: Brad Bryant wins by 3 strokes from Ben Crenshaw

  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins the singles title for 5th consecutive year; beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2
  • Jul 10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco

Film Release

Jul 11 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released

  • Jul 11 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win
  • Jul 14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
  • Jul 15 Copa América Final, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Defending champions Brazil win their 8th title with a 3-0 win over Argentina
  • Jul 15 MLB Philadelphia Phillies lose to visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 10-2 to become the first franchise in major American sport with 10,000 all-time losses
  • 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. Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with estimated 199 deaths.