2007 events in history

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
Jan 17 The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing
Jan 18 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people and Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe
Jan 19 Turkish Journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17-year-old Turkish ultra-nationalist Ogün Samast
Jan 20 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
Jan 22 At least 88 people are killed when two car bombs explode in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad, Iraq
Jan 31 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 2 The worst flooding in Indonesia in 300 years begins
Feb 3 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339
Feb 13 Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election
Feb 18 Terrorist bombs explode on the Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people
Feb 23 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 24 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea
Feb 27 The Chinese Correction: The Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in ten years
Mar 1 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots
Mar 1 Tornadoes break out across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths are at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama
Mar 7 The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected
Mar 11 Georgia claims Russian helicopters attacked the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia, an accusation that Russia categorically denies later
Mar 14 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
Mar 14 The first World Maths Day was celebrated
Apr 3 Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record
Apr 4 Fifteen British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President
Apr 11 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wound a further 222 others
Apr 12 A suicide bomber penetrates the Green Zone and detonates in a cafeteria within a parliament building, killing Iraqi MP Mohammed Awad and wounding more than twenty other people
Apr 14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey, protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Apr 16 Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho guns down 32 people and injures 17 before committing suicide
Apr 18 A series of bombings, two of them being suicides, occur in Baghdad, killing 198 and injuring 251
Apr 18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5–4 decision
Apr 20 Johnson Space Center shooting: William Phillips with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself
Apr 25 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 27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia
May 1 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 4 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mi wide EF5 tornado—the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita Scale
May 7 Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem
May 12 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
May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy takes office as President of France
May 17 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 19 President of Romania Traian Băsescu survives an impeachment referendum and returns to office from suspension
Jun 8 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 a trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker
Jun 26 Benedict XVI reinstated the traditional laws of papal election in which a successful candidate must receive 2/ of the votes
Jun 27 The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre
Jun 27 Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997
Jun 29 Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone
Jul 1 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces