On This Day

Historical Events in 2007 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 339 of 339

  • Jul 26 40th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 27 Two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
  • Jul 29 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 29 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Senior title by 1 shot from Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end
  • Jul 31 Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA's biggest ever trade for one player
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 4 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Aug 4 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as NY Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8
  • Aug 5 Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine becomes only the 23rd pitcher in MLB history to reach the 300 win milestone as the Braves beat Cubs, 8-3
  • Aug 5 British Open Women's Golf, St. Andrews: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 2 major titles, 4 strokes ahead of Maria Hjorth and Jee Young Lee
  • Aug 7 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world's richest person with estimated net worth of US$59 billion, according to "Fortune"

Businessman Carlos Slim
Businessman
Carlos Slim
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates

  • Aug 12 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Defending champion Tiger Woods wins his 4th PGA C'ship by 2 shots from Woody Austin

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 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 19 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: Mexican Lorena Ochoa wins by 3 from Paula Creamer
  • Aug 19 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe wins lone career major title by 5 strokes from David Edwards
  • 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 Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • 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 24 11th Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 25 1st Women's Snow Polo World Championship takes place in Bariloche, Argentina
  • Aug 29 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • Aug 29 64th Venice Film Festival: "Lust, Caution" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 crosses the termination shock, where solar and interstellar winds met (following Voyager 1 in 2004)
  • Sep 1 Clay Buchholz becomes first Boston Red Sox rookie to pitch a no-hitter. In just his second MLB appearance; beats Baltimore Orioles 10-0 at Fenway Park
  • Sep 1 Tyson Gay helps US win the men's 4 x 100m relay at the world track & field championships in Osaka, Japan to join Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win 3 gold medals at one world meet
  • Sep 1 In one of the biggest upsets in college football history, 109,218 fans see Appalachian State's Corey Lynch block a Jason Gingell 37-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining to inspire an epic 34-32 win v Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • 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 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3; Henin wins event without losing a set

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 9 24th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Fergie win

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Singer Fergie
Singer
Fergie
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Switzerland's Roger Federer wins 4th consecutive US title; beats Novak Đoković of Serbia 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Sep 14 53rd National Film Awards (India): "Kaalpurush" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 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.

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 16 59th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, James Spader & Sally Field win

Actress Sally Field
Actress
Sally Field
  • Sep 16 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Halmstad GK, Sweden: US retains Cup 16-12; after trailing by a point US dominates singles 8½-3½
  • Sep 16 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Francesca Schiavonea of Italy 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-0)
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 George Clooney is injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 21 "Into the Wild" starring Emile Hirsch is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 24 "The Big Bang Theory" created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco premieres on CBS

Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco
Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
Actor Johnny Galecki
Actor
Johnny Galecki

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 25 Herbie Hancock releases "River: The Joni Letters" tribute to Joni Mitchell (2008 Grammy Album of the Year)

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
Singer Joni Mitchell
Singer
Joni Mitchell
  • 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.
  • Sep 30 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China: Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr score as Germany beats Brazil, 2-0
  • Sep 30 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Montreal GC: David Toms and Scott Verplank remain undefeated as US beats International team, 19½–14½
  • Oct 1 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

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

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • Oct 3 South Africa's Mark Boucher breaks Ian Healy's record to become the wicketkeeper with most dismissals in Test cricket (395); stumps Umar Gul off Paul Harris in 2nd innings of 1st Test win v Pakistan in Karachi

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 5 "Michael Clayton", starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 After years of angry denials, triple gold medal winning American sprinter Marion Jones admits she used steroids 2000-01; pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators; announces retirement in tearful apology; medals returned to USOC

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Oct 6 Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
  • Oct 7 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Loren Roberts wins his third of 4 Champions Tour major titles by 6 strokes from Tom Watson
  • 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 13 17th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-14 in South Bend

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" featuring Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian premieres on the E! cable network in the US

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
TV Personality Khloé Kardashian
TV Personality
Khloé Kardashian
  • Oct 15 Fox Business Network (FBN), American financial cable network is launched
  • Oct 15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 20 6th Rugby World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 4/4 penalties as South Africa beats England, 15-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen wins season ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix to claim his first World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • Oct 21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 21 Tennessee kicker Rob Bironas sets NFL record for most points scored in a game (no touchdowns) with 26 in the Titans 38-36 win v Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, Houston

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 23 "Raising Sand" a collaborative album by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss is released

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • 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 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 1 winners: Maryfield, Nownownow, Corinthian
  • Oct 27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 2 winners: Indian Blessing, War Pass, Lahudood, Midnight Lute, Kip Deville, Ginger Punch, English Channel, Curlin
  • Oct 28 Boston Red Sox beats Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd Baseball World Series in 4 years; Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell MVP
  • Oct 28 "Bee Movie" premieres in the US and the UK
  • 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 1 Joe Torre, the winningest manager in MLB postseason history, moves from one storied franchise (NY Yankees) to another (LA Dodgers), agreeing to a 3-year, $13 million contract

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 5-time Grand Slam tennis winner Martina Hingis admits testing positive for cocaine during Wimbledon; maintains innocence; retires from tennis; no desire for fight with anti-doping authorities

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Nov 3 Navy beats Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime, ending the Fighting Irish's NCAA Football-record winning streak against the Midshipmen at 43 games; last Navy win over Notre Dame, 35-14 in 1963
  • 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.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 7 41st Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 9 Alicia Keys releases her 3rd studio album “As I Am” (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2008, 2008 Billboard Album of the Year)

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-Songwriter
Alicia Keys

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Justine Henin of Belgium beats Russian Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 to win $1m winners cheque and her 2nd straight season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Madrid, Spain

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 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.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 18 34th American Music Awards: Fergie, Justin Timberlake & Carrie Underwood win

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Singer Fergie
Singer
Fergie
  • Nov 18 59th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • Nov 18 Roger Federer scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 in the final in Shanghai, China
  • 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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.

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • Nov 24 72nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-10 in Auburn
  • 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 25 CFL Grey Cup, Rogers Center, Toronto: Saskatchewan Roughriders win 3rd title; defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 23-19
  • Nov 26 "Like You'll Never See Me Again" single released by Alicia Keys (NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Music Video, Outstanding Song 2008, Billboard Song of the Year 2008)
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg enters campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with suspected bomb and holds three people hostage for 5 hours

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 in Rawalpindi
  • 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.