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Historical Events

Events 1 - 17 of 17

1st - 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.
1st - Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
1st - Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
3rd - National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
4th - The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
7th - Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins
9th - Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.
9th - 33rd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Jennifer Aniston win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Eva Longoria win (TV)
Actor Johnny DeppActor Johnny Depp 12th - Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
13th - Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
15th - 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.
17th - The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
18th - The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.
19th - Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.
21st - Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
22nd - The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
31st - 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.

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

9th - "Ugly Betty" actress Ashley Jensen (37) weds actor and writer Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 103

1st - A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1908)
1st - Ernie Koy, American baseball player (b. 1909)
1st - Tillie Olsen, American writer (b. 1912)
1st - Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs (b. 1922)
1st - Julius Hegyi, American conductor (b. 1923)
1st - Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943)
1st - Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (b. 1951)
1st - Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982)
1st - Del Reeves, American country singer (b. 1932)
1st - Tad Jones, American jazz music historian (b. 1952)
2nd - Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born mayor of Jerusalem (b. 1911)
2nd - David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist (b. 1919)
2nd - Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
2nd - Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
2nd - Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor (b. 1937)
2nd - Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golf player (b. 1937)
2nd - Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)
2nd - Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy (b. 1942)
2nd - Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
2nd - Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
2nd - Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink (b. 1957)
3rd - William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
3rd - Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
3rd - Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
3rd - Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
3rd - Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
4th - Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
4th - Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
4th - Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
4th - Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
4th - Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
4th - Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
4th - Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
4th - Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
4th - Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
4th - Helen Hill, American independent film-maker (b. 1970)
5th - Momofuku Ando, inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles (b. 1910)
5th - Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
6th - Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
6th - Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American musician and special-effects artist (b. 1934)
6th - Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
7th - Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic-born television presenter (b. 1929)
7th - Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
8th - Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
8th - Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (b. 1922)
8th - Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
8th - David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
8th - Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
9th - Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
10th - Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (b. 1912)
10th - Bradford Washburn, American explorer (b. 1910)
11th - Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
11th - Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
11th - Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
12th - Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
12th - Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
13th - Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949)
13th - Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
14th - Darlene Conley, American actress (b. 1934)
14th - Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (b. 1924)
15th - Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
15th - James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)
15th - David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
15th - Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
15th - Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
16th - Ron Carey, American actor (b. 1935)
16th - Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
17th - Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
17th - Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
18th - Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
19th - Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler (b. 1961)
19th - Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
19th - Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)
19th - Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer (b. 1969)
21st - Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
21st - U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
22nd - Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
22nd - Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
22nd - Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
23rd - E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)
23rd - Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
23rd - Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
24th - Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
24th - Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
24th - Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's Oldest Military Veteran (b. 1891)
26th - Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
26th - Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)
27th - Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)
27th - Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
28th - Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
28th - Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
28th - Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
28th - Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
28th - Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
28th - Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
29th - Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
29th - Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
30th - Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor and artistic director (b. 1934)
Novelist Sidney SheldonNovelist Sidney Sheldon (30th) 30th - Sidney Sheldon, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
31st - Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)

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