Today in History for December 2007
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Events 1 - 14 of 14
3rd - Devastating winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days. At least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damaged are blamed on the floods.
5th - 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.
7th - 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.
11th - 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.
13th - 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 to be named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.
17th - Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
19th - The Lakotah people, a Native American tribe, proclaim independence and withdraw all their treaties with the United States. They then proceed to establish the Republic of Lakotah, with an ongoing process of international recognition as a separate country.
20th - 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.
20th - 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.
21st - 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.
27th - Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber.
28th - Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.
31st - Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
31st - The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.
Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1
17th - James Windsor, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Weddings 1 - 5 of 5
8th - "Happy Days" actor and legendary bachelor Scott Baio (46) weds longtime girlfriend Renee Sloan at a luxury high-rise in Los Angeles
8th - Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida
15th - "Marchesa" designer Georgina Chapman (31) weds Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein (55) in Connecticut, USA
22nd - Former "Saturday Night Live" host Jimmy Fallon (33) weds Hollywood producer Nancy Juvonen (40) on Necker Island in Caribbean
23rd - "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah
Divorces 1 - 2 of 2
17th - Actor Dermot Mulroney (44) divorces actress Catherine Keener (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage
20th - "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage
Deaths 1 - 51 of 51
1st - Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
3rd - James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
4th - Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
4th - Chip Reese, American professional poker player (b. 1951)
4th - Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
5th - Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
5th - Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
6th - Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite (b. 1983)
8th - Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
9th - Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)
10th - Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
11th - Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
11th - Grace Paley, American writer (b. 1922)
11th - Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)
12th - Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)
13th - Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
13th - Mark Partridge, Rhodesian politician
15th - John Berg (actor), American actor (b. 1949)
15th - Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
16th - Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
18th - Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court judge (b. 1924)
18th - Jack Linkletter, American television host, son of Art Linkletter (b. 1937)
18th - Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
20th - Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
21st - Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
22nd - Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
23rd - William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
23rd - Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)
23rd - Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (b. 1925)
24th - Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
24th - Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
25th - Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
25th - Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
26th - John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
26th - Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
26th - Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
27th - Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan (assassinated) (b. 1953)
27th - Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
27th - Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
28th - Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani Prime Minister (b. 1953)
28th - Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
29th - Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
29th - Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
31st - Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
31st - Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
31st - Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
31st - Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
31st - Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
31st - Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)
31st - Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
31st - Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)