On This Day

January 2007 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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

Historic Event

Jan 9 Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone

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.
  • Jan 21 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • 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 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

Deaths in History

  • 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 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist, dies at 63
  • Jan 1 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer, dies of heart attack at 55
  • 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 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 4 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • Jan 4 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • Jan 4 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • Jan 4 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)

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 8 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge, dies at 98
  • Jan 8 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 10 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • Jan 12 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • 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 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 17 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jan 19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • Jan 20 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
  • 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 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 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 28 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 28 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • Jan 29 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • Jan 31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • Jan 31 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77