2007

In 2007, the literary world marked a major milestone and the end of an era. After a decade, the epic Harry Potter fantasy series came to a close. As J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of the great saga wrapped up.

2007

There was also a major technological development in 2007. This was the year that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., announced the first generation iPhone. This was one of the first-ever “Smartphone” and was highly acclaimed, especially for its innovative use of a large touchscreen as the main means of interacting with the device.

For developments in television, the series finale of HBO’s The Sopranos cannot be matched. A hugely popular series and highly acclaimed by critics, the series spanned six epic seasons. A popular as the series was, the finale famously drew a great deal of controversy, as the series ends with an abrupt black screen after the screen had moved to the main character, leaving his fate uncertain. This left many fans of the series with questions that would not be resolved for quite some time.

In film, the top films for 2007 were Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Shrek the Third, and 300. At the 79th Academy Awards, the Best Picture award went to the Martin Scorsese film, The Departed, a 2006 crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Matt Damon.

The year of 2007 will also be remembered for a terrible economic disaster, the mortgage crisis in which the real estate “bubble” finally burst and triggered a major financial crisis around the world. The events are dramatized in the 2015 film, The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt. The cause of the crisis has been debated heavily, with the two major schools of thought being the Keynesians and the Austrians, with each school of thought putting forward theories on the business cycle (why the economy goes “boom and bust”) from economists such as John Maynard Keynes versus Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, respectively.

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Directed by: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Country: United States of America

Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Starring: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles

Country: United States of America

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Jab We Met

Jab We Met

Directed by: Imtiaz Ali

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Tarun Arora, Dara Singh

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2007 ?
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone

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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES “Both an American tragedy and …

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck

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With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

For One More Day

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From the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie, a new novel that millions of fans have been waiting for.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

By:

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2007 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Ethan
  4. Joshua
  5. Daniel
  6. Christopher
  7. Anthony
  8. William
  9. Matthew
  10. Andrew
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Madison
  6. Sophia
  7. Olivia
  8. Abigail
  9. Hannah
  10. Elizabeth
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2007?


Events

  • 01 Jan 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.
  • 02 Jan Seven policemen charged in a deadly Danziger Bridge shooting in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina turn themselves in at a New Orleans city jail. (MSNBC)
  • 03 Jan National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • 04 Jan A dense metallic meteorite about 1-inch in diameter crashes through the roof of a house in eastern New Jersey, USA.
  • 05 Jan A bus bomb near the Sri Lankan town of Nittambuwa kills 5 and injures at least 30. The Sri Lankan government declares the Tamil Tigers responsible, but the rebel group denies involvement. (BBC News) (UPI)
  • 06 Jan An overnight storm knocked out power to thousands in the Vancouver and Victoria area. The storm also uprooted trees in Stanley Park, and filled BC Place with water after the roof tore open a day earlier. (MSN News) (CTV.ca)
  • 07 Jan Newly appointed Archbishop Stanisław Wojciech Wielgus, of Warsaw resigns after Friday's allegations that he collaborated with the Polish communist government's secret police. He was due to be officially appointed by Pope Benedict XVI at 10:00 GMT, and announced his decision only one hour before. (Reuters) (BBC News)
  • 08 Jan The United States Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal of Gilmore v. Gonzales, which was a challenge to travel papers and secret laws. (USAToday) (PapersPlease)
  • 09 Jan U.S. planes conduct air strikes in Somalia against suspected terrorists.
  • 10 Jan U.S. President George W. Bush announces a plan to station 21,500 additional troops in Iraq.
  • 11 Jan China conducts the first successful anti-satellite missile test of any nation since 1985.
  • 12 Jan The US Embassy in Athens is attacked with a rocket propelled grenade, causing minimal damage and no injuries.
  • 13 Jan The Greek ship ''Server'' breaks in half off the Norwegian coast, releasing over 200 tons of crude oil.
  • 14 Jan The Red Crystal is recognized as an official symbol of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. (BBC)
  • 15 Jan 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.
  • 16 Jan In Scottsdale, Arizona, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is held, over six days. A 1967 silver Corvette coupe, the last Sting Ray built, sells for US$600,000.
  • 17 Jan The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
  • 18 Jan US investment bank Merrill Lynch announces 2006 profit of US$10.4 billion, the most successful year in its history.
  • 19 Jan Turkish Journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogun Samast.
  • 20 Jan A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.
  • 21 Jan New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announces plans to run for President in 2008.
  • 22 Jan At least 88 people are killed when two car bombs explode in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 23 Jan A rare eel-like creature identified as frilled shark is discovered in Japan by fishermen. (Weird News) (CNN)
  • 24 Jan In Giles County, Virginian, USA a meteor sighting if followed by a thundering tremor.
  • 25 Jan A curfew is imposed in Beirut after deadly clashes erupted between pro-government supporters and Hezbollah-led factions. (CNN)
  • 26 Jan War in Somalia: Attackers fire four mortar shells at an Ethiopian military camp close to Mogadishu. (Aljazeera)
  • 27 Jan War in Somalia: Ethiopia is going to withdraw one third of its troops stationed in Somalia by Sunday January 28, 2007, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 28 Jan A battle between insurgents and U.S.-backed Iraqi troops kills 300 suspected terrorists in Najaf, Iraq.
  • 29 Jan With the first launch events in Auckland, New Zealand, at 1101 UTC (12:01am NZDT, January 30), the global launch of Microsoft Windows Vista commences. (Fox News) (New Zealand Herald)
  • 30 Jan Microsoft releases the Windows Vista operating system for personal computers.
  • 31 Jan Delta Air Lines creditors officially reject US Airways' hostile takeover bid.
  • 01 Feb ''Harry Potter'' author J. K. Rowling announces the release date for her book, ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', the final installment in the ''Potter'' series to be 21 July 2007. (J.K.Rowling Official Site)
  • 02 Feb Three tornadoes cross a 70-mile path across Florida, USA, killing 21, injuring 100, destroying 1500 homes and mobile homes.
  • 03 Feb A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
  • 04 Feb The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in NFL's Super Bowl XLI, played at Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Florida.
  • 05 Feb U.S. Presidential Election, 2008: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) officially files for candidacy for President of the United States of America. (FOX)
  • 06 Feb At least three domain name system root nameservers are under denial-of-service attack. (The Register). See ''DNS Backbone DDoS Attacks''
  • 07 Feb HSBC announces it is setting aside US$10 billion to cover bad loans in its US mortgage division.
  • 08 Feb American model and television personality Anna Nicole Smith dies of combined drug intoxication in Hollywood, Florida at age 39 (born 1967).
  • 09 Feb Iraq War: A report by the U.S. Defense Department's inspector general has found the The Pentagon ampquotpurposely manipulatedampquot pre-war intelligence. Senator Carl Levin, D-MI, as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee has called the report ampquotvery damningampquot and said of its results, ampquothighly disturbingampquot. (Baltimore Sun)
  • 10 Feb U.S. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois announces a presidential bid in Springfield, Illinois, USA.
  • 11 Feb UK's Vodafone buys 67% stake in India's fourth largest mobile operator, Hutch Essar, for $11.1 billion. (BBC) (Economic Times)
  • 12 Feb An armed gunman shoots and kills five people at the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, before being killed by the police, bringing the evening's rampage death toll to six.
  • 13 Feb 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.
  • 14 Feb The United States redeploys the 173rd Airborne Brigade to Afghanistan to prepare for an anticipated spring offensive by the Taliban. (CNN)
  • 15 Feb In Ohio, USA, a meteor streaks across the sky, creating a sonic boom.
  • 16 Feb The G8 countries, plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, approve the 'Washington Declaration,' proposing a global Carbon emissions trading system to replace the Kyoto Protocol by 2009. (BBC)
  • 17 Feb United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Iraq for talks. (Reuters Alertnet)
  • 18 Feb Terrorist bombs explode on the Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people.
  • 19 Feb Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament from the ruling ARENA party are killed execution-style in Guatemala City. One of the dead is the son of former president and party founder Roberto D'Aubuisson. (BBC)
  • 20 Feb The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves an African Union force to help stabilise Somalia. (AP via the Guardian)
  • 21 Feb Police in Zimbabwe ban rallies in parts of Harare that are seen as strongholds of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change. (Washington Post)
  • 22 Feb Iraq War:
  • 23 Feb 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.
  • 24 Feb Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • 25 Feb The 79th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, takes place at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The Departed wins Best Picture.
  • 26 Feb Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye becomes the new Prime Minister of Chad, replacing interim PM Adoum Younousmi who stood in for Pascal Yoadimnadji since Yoadimnadji's death on 23 February 2007 in Paris. (IHT)
  • 27 Feb At the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide attack kills 23. Visiting US Vice President Dick Cheney is not injured.
  • 28 Feb The President of Bolivia Evo Morales declares the Bolivian floods as a national disaster with 35 deaths and 72,000 people becoming homeless. (CNN)
  • 01 Mar Tornadoes break out across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths are at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
  • 02 Mar Five Bluffton University baseball players and the driver and his wife are killed in a chartered bus accident in Atlanta. The players, Zach Arend, David Betts, Scott Harmon, Cody Holp, and Tyler Williams, were en route to to Sarasota, Florida.
  • 03 Mar The eviction of Ungdomshuset by Danish police results in more rioting in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, leading to about 100 arrests during a second night of protests. (BBC)
  • 04 Mar 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.
  • 05 Mar The United States and North Korea commence talks in New York City to establish diplomatic relations following the abandonment of the North Korean nuclear weapons program. (AP via CNN)
  • 06 Mar In the USA, Mega Millions sets a new world record for the highest lottery jackpot of US$370 million.
  • 07 Mar The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.
  • 08 Mar Georgia increases the size of its contingent in the multinational force in Iraq from 850 to 2000. (Fox News)
  • 09 Mar Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspends Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on charges of misuse of authority. (IBN)
  • 10 Mar Five people drown in heavy flooding around the town of Labasa on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji. (ABC News Australia)
  • 11 Mar Russian helicopters reportedly attack the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia, an accusation that Russia categorically denies later.
  • 12 Mar Representative Ron Paul of Texas announces his candidacy for President of the US in 2008.
  • 13 Mar Demonstrators in Mexico City clash with police as U.S. President George W. Bush meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderón in Mérida, Yucatán. (AP via Jerusalem Post)
  • 14 Mar The Left Front government of West Bengal sends at least 3,000 police to Nandigram in an attempt to break Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee resistance there; the resulting clash leaves 14 dead.
  • 15 Mar Hungarian police use water cannon and tear gas to disperse a crowd of anti-government protestors in Budapest. (AP via CNN)(BBC)
  • 16 Mar Two Iraqi police officers are killed and hundreds wounded or sickened as three suicide attacks using chlorine gas occur in Anbar province. (New York Times)
  • 17 Mar Thousands of activists march to The Pentagon in Washington to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. (New York Times)
  • 18 Mar A gas explosion in a coal mine in Shanxi province in northern China traps 21 miners. (Radio Australia)
  • 19 Mar The Marshall Islands declares a state of emergency after thousands of people lack drinking water due to a long drought. The Government despatches boats to outlying islands. (AFP via News Limited)
  • 20 Mar At least 27 people are killed in a landslide in northern Pakistan following days of heavy rain. (Reuters via the Irish Times)
  • 21 Mar Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the United Kingdom, delivers the 2007 budget. The main rates of corporation tax and income tax will both be reduced by 2% from April 2008, but other taxes are increased. (BBC)
  • 22 Mar An arms depot explodes in Maputo, Mozambique, killing at least 93 people and injuring hundreds more. CNN (AP via CNN)
  • 23 Mar Eight human skeletons are discovered in Fort Myers, Florida, later linked to suspected serial killer Daniel Conahan.
  • 24 Mar At least 150 people die in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in fighting between the military and forces loyal to Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba. (BBC)
  • 25 Mar John Holmes, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, warns that the situation in Darfur could collapse if aid workers are prevented from doing their work. (Reuters via CNN)
  • 26 Mar President of Chile Michelle Bachelet sacks several ministers including the Minister for National Defence Vivianne Blanlot Soza and the Minister for Justice Isidro Solís Palma for perceived poor performance as well as her Chief of Staff. The Minister for Transport Sergio Espejo Yaksic is sacked for problems with Santiago's new transport system Transantiago. (BBC)
  • 27 Mar More than ninety people are burnt to death after a fire following a petrol spill in Kaduna State, Nigeria. (All Africa)
  • 28 Mar As many as 60 people die off the coast of Guinea as a pirogue or open fishing boat carrying 120 people capsizes. (Reuters via CNN)
  • 29 Mar The United Nations Security Council expresses "grave concern" over the capture of 15 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines by Iran and calls for expedient release of the captives. (AP via CBS)
  • 30 Mar India's legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble retires from One Day International cricket. (IHT) (Indiatimes) (Eurosport)
  • 31 Mar First day of 177th Annual General Conference
  • 01 Apr Second and last day of 177th Annual General Conference
  • 02 Apr New Century, a large American mortgage lender, files for bankruptcy protection.
  • 03 Apr Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • 04 Apr 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • 05 Apr Georgia establishes a Provisional Administrative Entity in the disputed region of South Ossetia.
  • 06 Apr Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy: Monica Goodling, who was an assistant counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, resigns after refusing to testify before the Congress. (BBC)
  • 07 Apr Turkish soldiers are killed in a clash with Kurdistan Workers' Party forces in Şırnak province. (Voice of America)
  • 08 Apr Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic bishops call on the President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe to stand down or face ampquotopen revoltampquot in a message posted on church bulletin boards across the country. (AP via CNN)
  • 09 Apr The Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer signs legislation changing the date of the New York primary election to February 5, 2008. (AP via Herald News Daily)
  • 10 Apr A Somali committee estimates the death toll of recent fighting between Ethiopian and Somali Government forces and insurgents in Mogadishu at more than 1,000. (Reuters Alertnet)
  • 11 Apr 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.
  • 12 Apr In the USA, Don Imus is fired by CBS for making controversial comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
  • 13 Apr The genome sequence of the Rhesus Macaque monkey is published in the scientific journal Science. (Science) (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • 14 Apr At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • 15 Apr India's Essar Group buys Canadian steelmaker Algoma for US$ 1.63 billion. (Forbes) (Washington Post)
  • 16 Apr Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest spree killing in modern American history. Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.
  • 17 Apr Student Cho Seung-hui kills 32 people plus himself at the premises of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
  • 18 Apr The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
  • 19 Apr US and allied air forces conduct massive exercises over South Korea with over 500 planes.
  • 20 Apr 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.
  • 21 Apr At least 10 people are missing in Chile following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake. (Reuters via News Limited)
  • 22 Apr Turkey Christians tortured and murdered and Turkey's government, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former Islamist, has expresses concern over the spread of Christian activity in Turkey, VOA reported .
  • 23 Apr Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin dies at the age of 76. (BBC) (CNN)
  • 24 Apr Kevin Tillman, brother of former American football player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, accuses the U.S. military of manipulating his death during testimony to the U.S. Congress. (BBC)
  • 25 Apr US Representative Dennis Kucinich (Democrat-Ohio), introduces articles to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • 26 Apr At least 22 people, mostly insurgents, die and dozens more are wounded in several hours of heavy clashes which rage in the Somali capital Mogadishu. (Somalinet)
  • 27 Apr Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • 28 Apr Australia wins its third consecutive Cricket World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup finals in Barbados. (ABC) (BBC)
  • 29 Apr At least three people including the gunman die in a shooting at the Ward Parkway shopping center in Kansas City, Missouri . (AP via Wichita Eagle) (BBC).
  • 30 Apr The European Union and the United States inks a new Open Skies Agreement which will take effect on 30 March 2008 and replace the restrictive Bermuda II agreement. (BBC)
  • 01 May the Los Angeles May Day melee occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
  • 02 May Gunmen in Afghanistan kill Abdul Sabur Farid, a member of the House of Elders and former Prime Minister. (BBC)
  • 03 May British child Madeleine McCann disappears from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
  • 04 May Tornado strikes Greensburg, Kansas, killing at least 12 and destroying about 90 percent of the town.
  • 05 May All 114 aboard Kenya Airways Flight 507 die when the pilots lose control of the plane and it crashes in Douala, Cameroon.
  • 06 May Palestinian extremists bomb a United Nations-run Gaza elementary school in the continuing Palestinian factional violence, killing at least one and wounding at least seven. (FOX)
  • 07 May Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.
  • 08 May U.S. police arrest six Islamic men from the Republic of Macedonia and the Middle East based on a tip from a Mount Laurel, NJ resident who discovered their plot to attack Fort Dix, New Jersey, and "kill as many soldiers as possible." (New York Times) (BBC) (AP via Trentonian.com)
  • 09 May Subtropical storm Andrea forms off the coast of Florida, the earliest subtropical storm since Ana in 2003.
  • 10 May The United States House of Representatives passes a $96 billion war spending measure which sets benchmarks for achievements in the War in Iraq in return for funding. (CNN)
  • 11 May Samoa's Head of State Malietoa Tanumafili II dies at the age of 94. (AP via IHT)
  • 12 May Riots in which over 50 people are killed and over 100 are injured take place in Karachi upon the arrival in town of the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
  • 13 May Team Canada wins the 2007 IIHF World Hockey Championship after a 4-2 win over Finland in the gold medal game in Moscow, Russia. (Toronto Star)
  • 14 May A meteor likely causes a 2.1-magnitude earthquake in Hubbardton, Vermont, USA.
  • 15 May Space Shuttle ''Atlantis'' rolls out to launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the STS-117 mission to the International Space Station. The rollout is the second for the mission, as ''Atlantis'''s External Tank was damaged during a hailstorm on February 26, leading to the shuttle being rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs. (NASAspaceflight.com)
  • 16 May The United Nations General Assembly, recognizing that genuine multilingualism promotes unity in diversity and international understanding, proclaims 2008 the International Year of Languages.
  • 17 May 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.
  • 18 May A bomb in a market place in Juliaca in southern Peru kills 6 people and injures about 50. (BBC)
  • 19 May Three people are killed and two wounded in a sniper attack in Moscow, Idaho, United States. (BBC)
  • 20 May Alltel, a mobile phone provider in the United States, is acquired by TPG Capital, L.P. and Goldman Sachs leveraged-buyout unit. (Bloomberg)
  • 21 May 2007 Israel-Gaza conflict: Palestinian militants from Gaza fire 13 Qassam rockets into Israel, killing one woman and injuring others. (YnetNews)
  • 22 May Premier Gary Doer of the Canadian province of Manitoba secures a third straight NDP majority government in the general election. (CTV)
  • 23 May One of three captured US soldiers in Iraq is found dead, during an extensive manhunt which occupied nearly 3% of US troops. (BBC)
  • 24 May The United States House of Representatives approves a $US100 billion bill to fund the US war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan without a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 25 May It is announced that the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican is to be fitted with over 1,000 photovoltaic panels to supply all its annual electricity requirements. (Catholic News Service)
  • 26 May In Woburn, Massachusetts, USA a meteorite punches a hole through a warehouse roof.
  • 27 May Gay rights in Russia: Russian gay rights leaders and foreign dignitaries are beaten and arrested in Moscow. Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov had denied permission for a gay pride parade. (The Guardian)
  • 28 May Al-Azhar University suspends the lecturer who issued the Breastfeeding fatwa. (BBC)
  • 29 May US President George W. Bush nominates former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick as President of the World Bank. (BBC)
  • 30 May A CH-47 Chinook helicopter on a NATO mission in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, is shot down killing all seven service personnel (5 American, 1 Canadian and 1 British) aboard. Taliban fighters claim responsibility for the attack. (CNN) (BBC)
  • 31 May The National Assembly of Niger passes a motion of no-confidence in the Government of Prime Minister of Niger Hama Amadou. (BBC)
  • 01 Jun U.S. warships bombard a Somali village where Islamic militants had set up a base.
  • 02 Jun Four people are charged with a terror plot to blow up JFK International Airport in New York.
  • 03 Jun USS Carter Hall engages pirates after they board the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia.
  • 04 Jun The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that 40% of the world population will be affected by the loss of glaciers and snow on the mountains of Asia due to global warming. (UNEP)
  • 05 Jun The British Antarctic Survey announces that the flow rate of 300 previously unmeasured glaciers increased by 12% between 1993 and 2003, adding to concerns over glacier retreat and the rise in sea levels caused by global warming. (British Antarctic Survey)
  • 06 Jun The Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeat the Ottawa Senators 4 games to 1 to win the NHL's Stanley Cup.
  • 07 Jun Sri Lankan Civil War: Police in Sri Lanka force hundreds of the minority Sri Lankan Tamils community out of Colombo for what they say are security reasons. (BBC)
  • 08 Jun The Space Shuttle Atlantis is successfully launched on mission STS-117.
  • 09 Jun The Central Intelligence Organization arrests almost 400 soldiers in Harare, Zimbabwe for allegedly plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe. Air Vice Marshal Elson Moyo, Major General Engelbert Rugeje, and Colonel Ben Ncube are allegedly the ringleaders. (ZWNews)
  • 10 Jun The 61st Tony Awards, honoring Broadway theatres' best shows, takes place at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 11 Jun A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia rules that the United States government cannot indefinitely detain U.S. residents as ampquotenemy combatants.ampquot (AP via CNN)
  • 12 Jun Nigerian author Chinua Achebe wins the Man Booker International Prize in honour of his career. (BBC)
  • 13 Jun The Al Askari Mosque is bombed for a third time.
  • 14 Jun A U.S. federal jury convicts former Klansman James Ford Seale of kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the 1964 deaths of two African-American teenagers in Mississippi. (AP via USA Today)
  • 15 Jun In the USA, Bob Barker makes his last appearance on TV show The Price is Right.
  • 16 Jun Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Tufuga Efi is chosen as the O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa by the Fono. (AAP via News Limited)
  • 17 Jun Air strikes in Afghanistan on a suspected Al Qaeda headquarters kill several militants as well as civilians, including children. (Reuters)(BBC)
  • 18 Jun Nine Charleston, South Carolina firefighters are killed by a roof collapse while battling a furniture store fire.
  • 19 Jun A preliminary study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency indicates that China's greenhouse gas emissions have overtaken those of the United States for the first time, exceeding those of any other country. (NEAA)
  • 20 Jun A fire in a Russian nursing home in Omsk kills at least ten people. (BBC)
  • 21 Jun Lebanon declares victory over Fatah al-Islam, an Al Qaeda-linked group, after a month-long battle at a Palestinian refugee camp. (Reuters via Daily Times)
  • 22 Jun Inflation in Zimbabwe rises to 11,000% U.S. ambassador Christopher Dell predicts it will reach 1.5 million percent by December. (BBC News)
  • 23 Jun Torrential rains in Pakistan, including the city of Karachi, kill 230 people. (CNN)
  • 24 Jun A wildfire starts in South Lake Tahoe eventually destroying 254 homes in the area.
  • 25 Jun WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy Benoit, and son Daniel, are found dead as the result of a murder-suicide that took place over the previous weekend.
  • 26 Jun Bolivia reclaims two oil refineries from Brazilian state-owned energy company Petrobras. (BBC)
  • 27 Jun The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemao in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemao massacre.
  • 28 Jun The US Fish and Wildlife Service announces it would remove the bald eagle fom the endangered species list.
  • 29 Jun Apple's new iPhone is released in the USA.
  • 30 Jun ''Glasgow International Airport attack:''
  • 01 Jul Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces.
  • 02 Jul US President George Bush annuls the 30-month prison sentence given to Lewis Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • 03 Jul United States counterterrorism experts say some of the men arrested in connection to terror plots in the United Kingdom had links to al-Qaeda in Iraq. (CNN)
  • 04 Jul The 50-star U.S. flag becomes the longest-flying American flag, replacing the 48-star flag that flew from 1912 to 1959.
  • 05 Jul Scientists announce the discovery of a new species of cephalopod, dubbed 'octosquid', found off the coast of Hawaii. (Star Bulletin)
  • 06 Jul The 6th United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio rejects a lawsuit against George W. Bush's domestic wiretapping program, saying that the plaintiffs did not have the right to sue. (CNET News)
  • 07 Jul Pope Benedict XVI removes restrictions on celebrating the old Latin Mass, reviving an ancient Roman Rite Mass liturgy that was essentially abolished after the Second Vatican Council. (Wahington Post via ''AP'')
  • 08 Jul Boeing launches the new Boeing 787.
  • 09 Jul A Piper Cherokee fixed-wing single engine airplane crashes during thunderstorms in Tyringham, Massachusetts, killing the two people on the plane. (The Berkshire Eagle)
  • 10 Jul A Cessna 310R twin-engine airplane crashes into two homes in Sanford, Florida, killing three adults and two children.
  • 11 Jul The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed the destruction of the entire chemical weapons stockpile in Albania. (AP)
  • 12 Jul The African kingdom of Lesotho declares a food crisis due to UN report showing a ampquotmajor food gapampquot for 20% of the population. (Reuters)
  • 13 Jul Conrad Black is found guilty on three charges of fraud and one charge of obstruction of justice in Chicago. (BBC)
  • 14 Jul Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül asked the US for an explanation of alleged delivery of weapons to the PKK terrorist group. Gül said that ties with Turkey-US would collapse if arms to PKK claims confirmed. (Jerusalem Post) (Today Zeman) (PressTV)
  • 15 Jul In Tacoma, Washington, USA, the second span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge opens to traffic, making it the longest twin suspension bridge in the world.
  • 16 Jul The US State Department imposes restrictions on importation of ancient coins "of Cypriot types" issued before 225 BCE.
  • 17 Jul TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in Sao Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
  • 18 Jul At the height of rush hour in New York City a major steam pipe bursts, releasing millions of gallons of boiling water and super heated steam. Only one fatality occurs, a pedestrian who goes into cardiac arrest.
  • 19 Jul The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 14,000 for the first time in history.
  • 20 Jul The President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva orders an inquiry into the crash of TAM Linhas Aéreas Flight 3054. (CNN)
  • 21 Jul U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.
  • 22 Jul Voters in Cameroon go to the polls for parliamentary elections. Opposition leaders denounce the election as fraudulent. (BBC)
  • 23 Jul The US dollar drops to US$2.06 against the British pound sterling, the lowest since 1981.
  • 24 Jul Five mountain climbers freeze to death in the Italian Alps. (Reuters via News Limited)
  • 25 Jul The New England Journal of Medicine reports about Oscar, a hospice cat with the ability to predict which patients will die hours before their death. (New England Journal of Medicine) (CNN)
  • 26 Jul A 50-pound chunk of white ice crashes through the roof of a house, in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. Other large chunks of ice fall from the clear sky, tearing through nearby trees.
  • 27 Jul 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;
  • 28 Jul Pakistan raises concerns about a draft bill adopted by the United States Congress that ties United States foreign aid to progress in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. (The Hindu)
  • 29 Jul The Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert announces that United States military and defense aid to Israel will total $30 billion over the next ten years. (Irish Examiner)
  • 30 Jul New British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visits U.S. President George W. Bush for the first time as Prime Minister.
  • 31 Jul Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
  • 01 Aug The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge on I-35W over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota between University Avenue and Washington Avenue collapses at 6:05 pm CST during the later part of rush hour, killing 13 people.
  • 02 Aug The first-ever United Nations plenary session on climate change is extended into a third day due to the large number of 'worried nations' wanting to describe their climate-related problems. (Fox News)
  • 03 Aug The former deputy director of Augusto Pinochet's secret police, Raul Iturriaga, is captured by the police after having entered in rebellion in June 2007 against the Chilean state and justice Los Angeles Times.
  • 04 Aug At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA launches a Delta II rocket carrying the Mars Phoenix lander to explore the north of Mars.
  • 05 Aug Authorities in Mozambique seize thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste which they fear may contain the dangerous chemical diethylene glycol. (AP via Forbes)
  • 06 Aug American Home Mortgage files for bankruptcy.
  • 07 Aug At AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, San Francisco Giants' player Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader with his 756th home run. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a video message is played on the scoreboard in which Aaron congratulates the left fielder for breaking the 33-year old record.
  • 08 Aug The Space Shuttle Endeavour is successfully launched on mission STS-118.
  • 09 Aug Large French bank B.N.P. Paribas suspends withdrawals from three of its mutual funds, due to investments in American subprime securities.
  • 10 Aug The US Federal Reserve announces it would lend banks as much cash as necessary to keep money markets operating smoothly.
  • 11 Aug A likely meteor shower is reported over Sonora, California.
  • 12 Aug The bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with the oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
  • 13 Aug Two Belgian tourists who went missing last week in Iran appear to have been kidnapped by a bandit who is demanding that his brother be freed from prison. (AFP via AfricaAsia)
  • 14 Aug American toy-maker Mattel announces a recall of 436,000 toy cars painted lead-based paint and 18 million toys containing small magnets that could be swallowed by children. All were made in China.
  • 15 Aug Shares in large American mortgage lender Countrywide Financial fall 13 percent, following a stock analyst's rating switch from buy to sell.
  • 16 Aug JosT Padilla is convicted in the USA of conspiracy to murder individuals overseas, conspiracy to materially aid terrorists, and materially aiding terrorists in fact. Padilla had first been arrested in May 2002.
  • 17 Aug The US Federal Reserve reduces the discount rate from 6.25 to 5.75 percent.
  • 18 Aug Rescuers say that a fourth hole in the Crandall Canyon mine near Huntington, Utah shows no sign of six trapped miners. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 19 Aug Indonesia raises the lava alert for Mount Karangetang on the resort island of Siau as authorities move to evacuate those most at risk. (Reuters)
  • 20 Aug NASDAQ announces its intention to sell its 31 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange.
  • 21 Aug Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph (266 km/h). Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
  • 22 Aug The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • 23 Aug ''Chororapithecus abyssinicus'', a 10 million year old fossil found in Ethiopia, may prove that the last common ancestor of gorillas and humans existed 2 million years earlier than previously thought. (Nature)
  • 24 Aug Former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, whose arrest ended her career, apologized to U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, her former romantic rival and the woman she is accused of terrorizing. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 25 Aug A lawyer for missing coal miners in the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah says that a sixth probe has not found enough space for the men to survive. (AP via AZ Central)
  • 26 Aug Gunmen raid a farm in Putumayo Department in Colombia killing 9 people with authorities blaming FARC. (Associated Press in International Herald Tribune)
  • 27 Aug United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation, to be effective September 17.
  • 28 Aug A total lunar eclipse takes place in the early morning hours across most of North America and the eastern Pacific Ocean region. (Canwest via Ottawa Citizen)
  • 29 Aug 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident: six US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • 30 Aug United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident in which a B-52 flies from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base, Lousiana carrying six nuclear warheads.
  • 31 Aug The British Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Prince William, and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and hundreds more, gather for a memorial service for Diana, Princess of Wales, ten years after her death, at Guard's Chapel in London. (BBC)
  • 01 Sep Dave Zabriski, an American professional cyclist, defended his National Time Trial Championship by winning by 2 seconds in Greenville, SC.
  • 02 Sep The spokewoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry announces that China will report military expenditures to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms. (Xinhua)
  • 03 Sep Steve Fossett takes off from a private airstip in western Nevada, then he and the plane vanish.
  • 04 Sep In a ceremony at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, priests chanted prayers in honor of the Russian Defense Ministry's 12th Main Directorate, which is responsible for the storage and maintenance of Russia's nuclear arsenal. (''The Moscow Times'')
  • 05 Sep 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.
  • 06 Sep ''Operation Orchard'': Israeli airplanes strike a suspected nuclear site in Syria.
  • 07 Sep 2007 Lebanon conflict: The Lebanese Army declares victory after ending a three-month conflict with Fatah al-Islam militants in Nahr el-Bared. (Jane's News)
  • 08 Sep Ang Lee's spy thriller ''Lust, Caution'' wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. (Reuters)
  • 09 Sep Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega finishes 15 years in Miami, Florida Prison for drug trafficking.
  • 10 Sep Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
  • 11 Sep Bruce Golding is sworn in as Prime Minister of Jamaica following the victory of his Jamaica Labour Party in the parliamentary elections. (Jamaica Gleaner News)
  • 12 Sep US dollar falls to new low versus euro: $1.39.
  • 13 Sep The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • 14 Sep The SELENE spacecraft launches. JAXA has called the mission, quotthe largest lunar mission since the Apollo program.quot
  • 15 Sep Wildfires force the evacuation of thousands of residents of San Bernardino and San Diego Counties in the U.S. state of California. (AP via Fox News)
  • 16 Sep One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
  • 17 Sep 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.
  • 18 Sep The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates in the U.S. by half a point (0.5 percent) for the first time since 2006 to ease the ongoing panic in the financial markets due to the subprime mortgage crisis.
  • 19 Sep Abbas El Fassi, leader of the Istiqlal Party, is appointed Prime Minister of Morocco by King Mohammed VI following the resignation of Driss Jettou and his cabinet.
  • 20 Sep The Native American $1 Coin Act is signed into law.
  • 21 Sep The Canadian dollar reaches parity with the American dollar for the first time since 1976.
  • 22 Sep Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan condemns US support of the PKK terrorist group, which is behind attacks on Turkish forces.(PressTV) (TurkishWeekly)
  • 23 Sep The United Automobile Workers sets a deadline of 11am Monday for General Motors to avoid a strike. (New York Times)
  • 24 Sep The One Laptop Per Child organization launches the Give 1 Get 1 marketing plan. For US$399, a buyer will purchase two XO computers, receiving one in early 2008, with the other being sent to a child in Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, or Haiti.
  • 25 Sep Microsoft releases the Halo 3 video game for the Xbox 360 in the USA.
  • 26 Sep More than half a million Chinese-manufactured toys are recalled in the United States due to excess levels of lead paint including 269,000 of RC2 Corp's ampquotThomas Friendsampquot toy trains. (Reuters)
  • 27 Sep The Corruption Perceptions Index, a survey by Transparency International, is conducted into the most and least corrupt countries in the world, ranking 180 countries. (Wikinews) (Globe and Mail)
  • 28 Sep Supporters of the opposition gather in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, to protest against the government in the largest such rally in the country since 2003. (BBC)
  • 29 Sep Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, is demolished in a controlled explosion.
  • 30 Sep General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who helped depose Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the 2006 Thai coup d'état, resigned as head of the Council for National Security. (BBC)
  • 01 Oct Citigroup and UBS announce writedowns of US$9.3 billion of debt due to the credit crisis.
  • 02 Oct 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.
  • 03 Oct Hundreds of witnesses report seeing a flaming ball cross the skies of Minnesota, accompanied by a sonic boom, and a rain of debris.
  • 04 Oct United States Republican Party Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico announces that he will retire at the end of his current term due to a degenerative brain disease. (AP via Google News)
  • 05 Oct Merrill Lynch announces it would write off about US$5 billion in investments for the quarter, its largest trading loss ever.
  • 06 Oct A collision between a train and a bus kills at least 28 people and injures over 70 in Cuba's eastern Granma province. (CNN via AP)
  • 07 Oct War in Afghanistan: Sixteen militants fighting under wanted Uzbek warlord Tahir Yuldash are killed in eastern Afghanistan. (AP via Google)
  • 08 Oct U.S. athlete Marion Jones returns the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics and accepts a two-year ban from the sport after admitting to her use of a prohibited substance. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 09 Oct SAB Miller and Molson Coors announce a joint venture, MillerCoors, to better compete with Anheuser-Busch in the US market.
  • 10 Oct The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives passes a resolution calling the Ottoman empire's slaughter of Armenians in 1915-23 genocide.
  • 11 Oct The Prime Minister of Australia John Howard proposes a constitutional referendum recognising indigenous Australians in the Australian constitution, if he is reelected. (BBC)
  • 12 Oct Oracle announces a hostile bid of US$6.7 billion for BEA company.
  • 13 Oct At least nine people die and 8 people go missing as a result of torrential rain in and around Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. (AFP)
  • 14 Oct Al-habileen/lahij: Four citizens are killed on the 44th anniversary of the revolution against British colonial rule in South Yemen.
  • 15 Oct Fox Television Stations Group launches a new business television cable channel in the USA.
  • 16 Oct Irish writer Anne Enright wins the 2007 Man Booker Prize for her novel ''The Gathering''. (BBC News)
  • 17 Oct French public transport workers hold a 24-hour strike protesting at changes to pensions. (BBC via ABC News Australia)
  • 18 Oct Karachi bombings: A suicide attack on a motorcade carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto kills 139 and wounds 450 more. Bhutto herself is not injured.
  • 19 Oct Philippines. A bomb explosion rocked Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati. The blast killed 11 and injured more than 100 people.
  • 20 Oct Jungle (open) primary election are held for governor and the legislature of the U.S. state of Louisiana.
  • 21 Oct Tokelauan ex-pats in Samoa go to the polls for the Tokelauan self-determination referendum. (Radio New Zealand)
  • 22 Oct Mexico and the USA agree on a plan for the US to pay US$1.4 billion in aid over three years for Mexico to fight drug traffickers.
  • 23 Oct The Space Shuttle Discovery is successfully launched on mission STS-120.
  • 24 Oct Merrill Lynch publishes its third quarter financial results, including a US$8.4 billion write-down resulting from bad mortgage loans. This is the company's first quarterly loss in six years.
  • 25 Oct Supporters of a U.S. congressional resolution condemning the Armenian genocide drop calls for a vote. (CNN)
  • 26 Oct An explosion shakes the Mexican consulate in New York City. The explosion was caused by two thrown hand grenades aided by additional explosive material. 7 injuries were reported, with several windows blown out and debris entering the building. (WCBS)
  • 27 Oct War in Afghanistan:
  • 28 Oct The Boston Red Sox win the 2007 World Series in a four-game sweep against the Colorado Rockies.
  • 29 Oct The strain of HIV most common in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and much of South America is traced back to Haiti in 1969. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct An International Space Station solar wing relocated by the crew of STS-120 is torn during deployment. (spaceflightnow.com)
  • 31 Oct The United States Federal Reserve reduces short-term interest rates to 4.5 per cent, the second cut in three months. (NYT)
  • 01 Nov The Swedish Mint (Swedish: Myntverket) in Eskilstuna, Sweden, loses the competition to produce Swedish national coins to Rahapaja Oy of Finland, ending a more than 1000-year-long tradition of minting Swedish coins in Sweden. (Dagens Nyheter)
  • 02 Nov The United Nations will send home 108 of the 950 Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti, accusing them of sexual abuse, including with underage girls. (BBC)
  • 03 Nov In California, the Urban Challenge is held, a competition sponsored by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency to design a robot car capable of negotiating urban streets and normal traffic. The US$2 million first prize is won by engineers from Carnegie Mellon University for a pilotless Chevrolet Tahoe.
  • 04 Nov At least six people are killed as a Learjet 35 crashes into a residential district in São Paulo, Brazil. (Reuters via News Limited)
  • 05 Nov China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
  • 06 Nov At least 35 people are killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan, officials say. (BBC)
  • 07 Nov Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulting in the death of nine people.
  • 08 Nov EU interior ministers agreed that nine member states from central and eastern Europe are sufficiently prepared to join EU's Schengen border-free zone on December 21. (EUobserver)
  • 09 Nov The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause.
  • 10 Nov ?Por que no te callas? incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez.
  • 11 Nov Prince William, an officer in the Blues and Royals, laid a wreath for the first time by the Cenotaph as his grandmother The Queen and his father The Prince of Wales, looked on. (AP)
  • 12 Nov Didymus Mutasa, the Minister of Lands and Security of Zimbabwe, admits in a court in Paris, France, that the Mugabe government stole land from ten citizens of the Netherlands. If the government does not voluntarily compensate the citizens then they have the right to seize property owned by the Zimbabwean government of equal value. (VOA)
  • 13 Nov High Speed 1 from London to the Channel Tunnel is opened to passengers.
  • 14 Nov The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison.
  • 15 Nov Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans.
  • 16 Nov An Airbus A340-600, scheduled to be delivered at Etihad Airways' base in Abu Dhabi, crashes into a barrier at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport during tests. Five people are injured. (BBC)
  • 17 Nov War in Afghanistan: Two NATO Canadian soldiers and an interpreter are killed by a roadside bomb in Panjawi, Kandahar province. Three more soldiers are wounded. (BBC)
  • 18 Nov Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's former Prime Minister, announces he will dissolve the Forza Italia party and found a new one called Freedom People's Party. (BBC)
  • 19 Nov 2007 Burmese anti-government protests:
  • 20 Nov 2007 Pakistani state of emergency:
  • 21 Nov 2007 Pakistani state of emergency:
  • 22 Nov Jordanian King Abdullah appoints technocrat Nader al-Dahabi as the new Prime Minister. (BBC)
  • 23 Nov MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sinks in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. There are no fatalities.
  • 24 Nov United States and Iraqi forces arrest at least 20 suspected militants in Kirkuk, Iraq. (BBC)
  • 25 Nov At least eight football fans die when part of the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, collapses. (BBC)
  • 26 Nov At least 60 miners are trapped underground following an explosion in a gold mine in Ponce Enriquez in southern Ecuador. (AP via CTV)
  • 27 Nov The Annapolis Conference, a peace conference trying to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, is held in Annapolis, Maryland, in the United States. (NYT)
  • 28 Nov An explosion and fire southeast of Clearbrook, Minnesota, kills two workers and forced the closure of a pipeline that carries nearly a fifth of U.S. crude oil imports from Canada. (MarketWatch)
  • 29 Nov 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 far south as Trinidad.
  • 30 Nov Rambhadracharya, a Hindu religious leader, released the first Braille version of Bhagavad Gita, with the original Sanskrit text and a Hindi commentary at New Delhi.
  • 01 Dec The United States wins its first Davis Cup since 1995 taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Russia in the final in Portland, Oregon. (AP via CBS Sports)
  • 02 Dec Activision and Vivendi Games announce a merger, to be called Activision Blizzard. The US$18.9 billion deal is the biggest ever in the videogame industry.
  • 03 Dec Winter storms cause 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 in damages are blamed on the floods.
  • 04 Dec Michael A. Newdow, attorney and founder of the First Amendmist Church of True Science, initiates lawsuits challenging government-sanctioned references to God, and the statute that requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American coins and paper currency.
  • 05 Dec 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.
  • 06 Dec The death toll rises to 104 in a northern China coal mine gas blast. (''China Daily'')
  • 07 Dec The Hebei Spirit oil spill begins in South Korea after a crane barge that had broken free from a tug collides with the Very Large Crude Carrier, Hebei Spirit.
  • 08 Dec Benazir Bhutto, first and only female former Prime Minister of Pakistan, had her PPP Office stormed by unidentified gunmen. Three supporters are killed.
  • 09 Dec Two people are killed and two are injured in a shooting at a youth training center in Arvada Colorado, United States. (CNN)
  • 10 Dec Subtropical Storm Olga forms north of Puerto Rico, ten days after the official end of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center forecasts landfall in the Dominican Republic within 24 hours, and Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches have been posted for the northern shore of the nation. (''The Guardian'')
  • 11 Dec Two car bombs explode at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.
  • 12 Dec The Society of the Cincinatti badge of George Washington (later owned by the Marquis de Lafayette) is sold at auction by Sotheby's for US$5.3 million.
  • 13 Dec Former US Senator George J. Mitchell publicly releases a report accusing 88 retired and active Major League Baseball players of anabolic steroid use.
  • 14 Dec King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia invites the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage. (BBC News)
  • 15 Dec Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, the Information Minister of Zimbabwe, calls Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany a ampquotNaziampquot. Ndlovu responded to the German government's criticism of rising human rights abuses in Zimbabwe by telling Merkel to ampquotshut upampquot. (allAfrica.com)
  • 16 Dec A.C. Milan wins the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup after defeating Boca Juniors 4-2 in the final. (BBC News)
  • 17 Dec The leaders of Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile agree to build a highway by 2009 that will link the Atlantic (in Santos, Brazil) and the Pacific (in Iquique, Chile) coasts of South America. (BBC News)
  • 18 Dec An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hits the Aleutian Islands 125 miles west of Adak, Alaska. (AP via ''The Houston Chronicle'')
  • 19 Dec An explosion and fire at the T2 Laboratories facility in Jacksonville, Florida kills four and injures 14.
  • 20 Dec A group of activist Lakota Indians send a letter to the United States State Department declaring their secession from the Union.
  • 21 Dec At least 50 people are killed by an explosion at a mosque in northern Pakistan. (CNN)
  • 22 Dec Iraq War: Turkish Air Force planes strike Kurdistan Workers Party targets in northern Iraq. (BBC News)
  • 23 Dec Thailand's People Power Party, led by Samak Sundaravej, wins the 2007 general elections. (BBC News)
  • 24 Dec The Nepalese government announces that the country's 240-year-old monarchy will be abolished in 2008 and a new republic will be declared.
  • 25 Dec An escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo kills one person and injures two others.
  • 26 Dec Record temperatures stoke bushfires in Perth, Western Australia arson is suspected. (''The West Australian'')
  • 27 Dec Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in a shooting incident.
  • 28 Dec 2007 Zoé's Ark controversy - Six French aid workers, sentenced to eight years at hard labor by a Chadian court for allegedly attempting to rescue over 100 Chadian children, are flown to France, where they will appear before a French court which will decide how they will serve their sentences. (Reuters)
  • 29 Dec The United Kingdom government announces its New Year's Honours List. People being honoured include broadcaster Michael Parkinson, singer Kylie Minogue, chief executive of Marks Spencer Stuart Rose, embryologist Ian Wilmut and actor Sir Ian McKellen. (BBC News)
  • 30 Dec Benazir Bhutto assassination: Bhutto's son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is appointed her successor as chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. His father, Asif Ali Zardari is named co-chairman. (BBC News)
  • 31 Dec The massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.