September 2007 in History

Events in History

  • 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.

Coup d'état

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 Interest

Sep 12 Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

Event of Interest

Sep 12 Shinzō Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

Event 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.

  • Sep 16 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
  • 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 Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the 'Saffron Revolution'

Election of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 demolished in a controlled explosion

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 22 Albert Windsor, English son of Lord Nicholas Windsor, (1st royal child to be baptized a Catholic since 1688)

Weddings in History

  • Sep 1 The first Apprentice winner Bill Rancic (36) weds E! News anchor Giuliana DePandi (32) at the Church of Santa Sofia in Capri, Italy
  • Sep 8 Duchess Maria-Anna Henriette Gabrielle Julie in Bavaria (32) weds investment banker Klaus Runow near Munich, Germany

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Roy McKenzie, New Zealand philanthropist (b. 1922)
  • Sep 2 Franz-Benno Delonge, German game designer (b. 1957)
  • Sep 3 Jane Tomlinson, British charity fund raiser (b. 1964)
  • Sep 3 Steve Fossett, American adventurer (1st person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon,) disappears while flying at 63
  • Sep 3 Syd Jackson, Māori activist and trade unionist (b. 1939)
  • Sep 4 John Scott, Duke of Buccleuch, Scottish peer, then largest landowner in Scotland, 1st MP in a wheelchair, dies at 83
  • Sep 4 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese army officer and educator, dies at 95
  • Sep 5 D. James Kennedy, American televangelist (b. 1930)
  • Sep 5 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (University of Michigan), dies at 68
  • Sep 5 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), dies at 66
  • Sep 5 Paul Gillmor, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio 1989-2007), dies at 68
  • Sep 6 Alex, African Grey parrot "student" of Dr. Irene Pepperberg (b. 1976)
  • Sep 6 Madeleine L'Engle, American writer of young adult fiction, novelist, and poet (Wrinkle in Time and sequels; Ilsa; Lines Scribbled on an Envelope), dies at 88
  • Sep 8 Nicholas Bethell, 4th Baron Bethell, British historian, dies at 69
  • Sep 8 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (b. 1917)
  • Sep 10 Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), dies at 64 [1]
  • Sep 10 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Gene Savoy, American author and cleric (b. 1927)
  • Sep 13 Whakahuihui Vercoe, New Zealand clergyman (b. 1928)
  • Sep 16 Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
  • Sep 21 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Haidar Abdel-Shafi, Palestinian negotiator (b. 1919)
  • Sep 27 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • Sep 28 Wally Parks, Founder of the NHRA (b. 1913)