Historical Events for Year 2007
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Jan 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.
Jan 1st - Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
Jan 1st - Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
Jan 3rd - National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
Jan 4th - The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
Jan 9th - Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.
Jan 12th - Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.
Jan 13th - Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
Jan 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.
Jan 17th - The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
Jan 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.
Jan 19th - Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.
Jan 21st - Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Feb 3rd - A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
Feb 11th - In Portugal, a national referendum legalizes non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Feb 12th - A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
Feb 13th - Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs Feb 19th - Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
Feb 21st - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
Feb 23rd - Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
Feb 23rd - A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
Feb 27th - The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
Feb 27th - The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
Feb 28th - Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
Mar 1st - Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
Mar 1st - "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots.
Mar 4th - Estonian parliamentary election, 2007: Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.
Mar 6th - Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
Mar 7th - British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.
Mar 9th - The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens.
Mar 23rd - Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia.
Mar 23rd - Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters.
Mar 24th - The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
Mar 31st - In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
Apr 3rd - Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
Apr 4th - 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
Apr 11th - 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.
Apr 14th - At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Apr 16th - Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, shoots 32 people to death and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
Apr 18th - The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
Apr 20th - Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
Apr 24th - Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin Apr 25th - Boris Yeltsin's funeral - the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.
Apr 26th - Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
Apr 27th - Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
Apr 29th - Republic Protests in Turkey.
May 1st - The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
May 3rd - British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
May 4th - Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
May 4th - The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
May 5th - Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
May 7th - The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
May 8th - A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin as Deputy First Minister.
May 11th - Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.
May 12th - 2007 Karachi riots , which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.
May 13th - Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
May 13th - Republic Protests in Turkey.
265th Pope Benedict XVI May 16th - Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.
May 17th - Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
May 21st - The Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in London, England. She is the last surviving clipper.
May 25th - The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
Jun 1st - Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
Jun 1st - Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places.
Jun 3rd - USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. (details)
Jun 8th - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker.
Jun 13th - The Al Askari Mosque is bombed again.
Jun 24th - The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
Jun 25th - 2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.
Jun 27th - The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.
Jun 28th - Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies.
Jun 29th - Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.
Jun 30th - A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.
Jul 1st - Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces. With the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. The ban is also put into effect in Australia.
Jul 7th - Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.
Jul 7th - Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth.
Jul 14th - Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
Jul 16th - An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
Jul 17th - TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
Jul 21st - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the bestselling Harry Potter series is released.
Jul 24th - Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
Jul 25th - Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president
Jul 27th - Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: 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. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
Jul 31st - Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
Aug 1st - The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
Aug 4th - NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.
Aug 7th - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
Aug 8th - 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.
Aug 12th - Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
Aug 14th - The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 400 people.
Aug 15th - An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
Aug 21st - 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 22nd - The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
Aug 22nd - The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
Aug 29th - A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
Sep 5th - 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 10th - Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
Sep 11th - Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.
Sep 12th - Shinzo Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.
Sep 12th - Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.
Sep 14th - 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 16th - One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
Sep 17th - 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, New York.
Sep 18th - 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 18th - Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution.
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sep 24th - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a controversial speech on the campus of Columbia University.
Sep 26th - Shinzo Abe formally ends his term as Prime Minister of Japan.
Sep 29th - Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, the magnox reactor and Calder hall was demolished in a controlled explosion.
Oct 1st - Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.
Oct 2nd - 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.
Oct 6th - Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
Oct 9th - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high.
Oct 15th - 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
Oct 17th - The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal.
Oct 18th - After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.
Oct 19th - Philippines. Amidst corruption controversies hounding the Arroyo administration, a bomb explosion rocked Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, which killed 11 and injured more than 100 people.
Oct 25th - The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
Oct 29th - Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Nov 3rd - 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 5th - China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
Nov 7th - Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulting in the death of nine people.
Nov 10th - ¿Por qué no te callas? incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez.
Nov 13th - 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 14th - the last direct-current distribution by Con Edison was shut down.
Nov 15th - A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans.
Nov 23rd - 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.
Nov 24th - 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.
Nov 25th - 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 29th - The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
Nov 29th - 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.
US First Lady and Politician Hillary Clinton Nov 30th - Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 17th - Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 27th - Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber.
Dec 28th - Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.
Dec 31st - Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
Dec 31st - The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.