2007 in history

2007 events chronologically

Jan 1 Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Slovenia joins Eurozone
Jan 1 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board
Jan 4 The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history
Jan 9 Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the first iPhone
Jan 10 A general strike begins in Guinea in an eventually successful attempt to get President Lansana Conté to resign
Jan 12 Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years
Jan 15 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

Top 7 most famous people born in 2007

Jan 9 Aelita Andre an Australian abstract artist known for her Surrealist painting style and her young age. She began to paint when aged nine months, and her work was displayed publicly in a group exhibition shortly after she turned two. Her first solo exhibition opened in New York City in June 2011, when she was four years old
Apr 10 Princess Ariane of the Netherlands the third and youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Princess Ariane is member of the Dutch Royal House and currently third in the line of succession to the Dutch throne
Apr 13 St Nicholas Abbey (horse) an Irish thoroughbred racehorse. He was the leading European two-year-old of 2009 and recovered from a disappointing three-year-old season to win the Coronation Cup and the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2011. He won the Coronation Cup for a second time in 2012 and the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2013. In June 2013 he won the Coronation Cup for an unprecedented third time. He was briefly the biggest money-winning racehorse trained in Europe. His career was ended prematurely due to injury in July 2013, and he was euthanised in January 2014 while undergoing colic surgery
Apr 21 Princess Isabella of Denmark the second child and elder daughter of Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, the Australian-born Crown Princess Mary.
Apr 29 Infanta Sofía of Spain the second child of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. She has an older sister, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, whom she follows in the line of succession to the Spanish throne
May 24 Maru (cat) a male Scottish Fold cat in Japan who has become popular on YouTube. As of April 2013, videos with Maru have been viewed over 200 million times. Videos featuring Maru have an average of 800,000 views each and he is mentioned often in print and televised media discussing Internet celebrities
Dec 17 James Viscount Severn the younger child and only son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the the Duke of Edinburgh. James is ninth in the line of succession to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms

Top 7 most famous people died in 2007

Apr 11 Kurt Vonnegut an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle , Slaughterhouse-Five , and Breakfast of Champions , blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a pacifist intellectual, who often was critical of the society that he lived He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association
Apr 23 Boris Yeltsin a Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999.
Jul 30 Ingmar Bergman a Swedish director, writer and producer who worked in film, television, and theatre. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time, and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal , Wild Strawberries , Persona , Cries and Whispers , and Fanny and Alexander
Sep 6 Luciano Pavarotti an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the upper register—and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century
Nov 20 Ian Smith a politician, farmer and fighter pilot who served as Prime Minister of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979. His country's first native-born premier, he led the mostly white minority government that unilaterally declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, following prolonged dispute over the terms. He remained Prime Minister for almost all of the 14 years of international isolation that followed, and oversaw Rhodesia's security forces during most of the Bush War, which pitted the unrecognised government against communist-backed black nationalist guerrilla groups. Smith, who has been described as personifying white Rhodesia, remains a highly controversial figure—supporters lionise him as a man of integrity and vision "who understood the uncomfortable truths of Africa", while critics describe an unrepentant racist whose policies and actions caused the deaths of thousands and contributed to Zimbabwe's later crises
Dec 5 Karlheinz Stockhausen a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music". He is known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, aleatory in serial composition, and musical spatialization
Dec 27 Benazir Bhutto a Pakistani politician and stateswoman who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan for two non-consecutive terms from 1988 to 1990 and then from 1993 to 1996. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister himself who founded the centre-left, social-democratic Pakistan Peoples Party. She holds the status of being the first female leader of a Muslim country