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2007 Year In Review December 31, 2007

Posted by Reginald Johnson in Culture, Humor, Social Media.

2007 Year In Review


2007 has been an interesting year for many of us. The year has brought changes for all of us.  We are a year older and hopefully wiser.  We’ve had our ‘ups’ and ‘downs’…and through it all, we are still standing.  Iraq, the housing market, minor successes in Afghanistan, , the looming possibility of a recessionThere have been successes and failures, and sometimes both all wound up into one. There are the wrenching sorrow of tragedies on a Virginia campus, a Minnesota highway bridge and deep inside a Utah coal mine, that ask the question: Could this have been prevented?

Everything from former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the ascension of Rep. Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of the House, and the recalling of Chinese-made toys made some of the biggest imprints of the year.

Below is a list of events that I have decided was some of the most important (or rather interesting) pieces of information to be noted. Enjoy, and have a fantastic 2008!


Jan. 2:

Seven New Orleans police officers surrender to face murder or attempted murder charges related to shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Oprah Winfrey opens a school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa.

Jan. 4

Nancy Pelosi is elected first female speaker of the House as Democrats take control of Congress.

Jan. 19

Former Republican Rep. Bob Ney is sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in a lobbying scandal.


Feb. 5

NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak is arrested and accused of trying to kidnap a rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot.

Feb. 11

The Dixie Chicks win five Grammys in a defiant comeback after being shunned over their anti-Bush comments about the Iraq war.

Feb. 12

A teenage gunman shoots nine people, killing five, at a mall in Salt Lake City before he is shot and killed by police.


March 1

A tornado blows down walls at Enterprise High School in Alabama, killing eight teenagers as the students huddled in the hallway.

The Army general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center is relieved of command after disclosures about dilapidated buildings and inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers.

March 6

Vice president’s former chief of staff, Scooter Libby, is convicted of lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation.

A State Department report says the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region was the world’s worst human rights abuse last year.

March 13

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales admits mistakes were made in how the Justice Department handled the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors but says he won’t resign.


April 4

Radio host Don Imus makes offensive remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, apologizing two days later. CBS Radio fires him, but he is hired elsewhere by the end of the year.

April 12

New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine breaks his leg and several ribs in a highway crash.

April 16

A suicidal student kills 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.

April 18

The Supreme Court rules 5-4 that a ban on a specific abortion method is constitutional.

April 23

Boris Yeltsin, the first freely elected Russian president, dies.

April 26

Congress narrowly approves legislation that contains a 12-month timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, which Bush later vetoes.


May 14

DaimlerChrysler says it is selling almost all of Chrysler to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion, backing out of a troubled 1998 takeover.


June 4

Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana is charged in a bribery scheme.

June 5

Scooter Libby is sentenced to 2 1/2 years for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation, but President Bush later commutes the prison sentence.

June 14

A reputed Klansman is convicted of kidnapping two black teenagers who were deliberately drowned in Mississippi in 1964.

June 25

A judge rules in favor of a dry cleaner sued by a dissatisfied customer who demanded $54 million for his missing pants.

June 27

Gordon Brown succeeds Tony Blair as British prime minister.

June 29

First iPhones are sold.

June 30

Two men crash an explosive-laden Jeep at Glasgow Airport, two days after two cars rigged as bombs were found in London.


July 16

A strong earthquake in northwestern Japan causes malfunctions at the world’s most powerful nuclear power plant, including radioactive water spilled into the Sea of Japan.

July 21

David Beckham debuts with the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a sold-out, star-studded crowd.

July 24

The minimum wage rises 70 cents to $5.85 an hour, the first increase in a decade.

Senators question Alberto Gonzales‘ honesty during a blistering hearing where the attorney general repeatedly apologizes but refuses to answer many questions.


Aug. 1

Minneapolis bridge collapses into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour; 13 people are killed.

Aug. 13

Bush’s political strategist Karl Rove says he is resigning.

Aug. 24

The NFL suspends Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick after he agrees to plead guilty to running a dogfighting operation.

Aug. 27

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns.

Aug. 28

Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho denies any wrongdoing despite his guilty plea from an airport restroom police sting, and he emphatically adds, “I am not gay. I never have been gay.”


Sept. 7

Osama bin Laden appears in a video for the first time in three years, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end.

A husband and wife are acquitted of negligent homicide for not evacuating the nursing home they owned where 35 patients died during Hurricane Katrina.

Sept. 16

O.J. Simpson is arrested in an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas.


Oct. 3

President Bush vetoes expansion of a children’s health insurance program.

Oct. 6

Pakistan’s Gen. Pervez Musharraf wins presidential election boycotted by most opponents.

Oct. 18

Bombers strike near former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her return to Pakistan after eight years in exile; more than 140 people are killed but Bhutto escapes unhurt.

Oct. 20

U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal wins the Louisiana governor’s election, first nonwhite to hold the job since Reconstruction.


Nov. 3

Gen. Pervez Musharraf declares state of emergency in Pakistan.

Nov. 5

Hollywood writers strike, sending television shows into reruns.

Nov. 6

2007 becomes deadliest year for U.S. troops in Iraq, with at least 853 military deaths.

Suicide bombing kills six parliament members in Afghanistan; a U.N. report later says some of the 77 total victims were killed by gunfire from panicked bodyguards, not the bomb.

Nov. 8

Senate hands President Bush his first veto override, enacting a bill that pays for water projects he deemed too costly.

Nov. 15

Barry Bonds is indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges for testimony in which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Nov. 30

Man takes hostages at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in New Hampshire, surrenders about six hours later.


Dec. 2

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party wins election that gives it control of 70 percent of seats in parliament; opponents say the election wasn’t fair.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez narrowly loses a constitutional referendum that would have enabled him to remain in power for life.

Dec. 3

U.S. intelligence report concludes Iran halted nuclear weapons development in 2003 — a stark contrast to the conclusions U.S. spy agencies drew just two years ago.

Dec. 5

Teenage gunman kills eight people, then himself, at Omaha, Neb., shopping mall.

Dec. 6

CIA director says interrogations of two top terror suspects in 2002 were videotaped but the tapes were destroyed later to prevent leaks; lawmakers and courts investigate whether evidence was destroyed.

Dec. 10

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick is sentenced to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed.

Dec. 13

Shareholders of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, approve takeover by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Dec. 15

President Pervez Musharraf lifts a six-week state of emergency he says was imposed to save Pakistan from destruction from an unspecified conspiracy.

Dec. 17

Gov. Jon S. Corzine signs law making New Jersey the first state to abolish the death penalty in more than 40 years.

Dec. 20

New Orleans Police use chemical spray and stun guns on protesters outside a City Council meeting where members unanimously support demolition of 4,500 public housing units for redevelopment.

Dec. 23

Allies of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra win the first election since he was ousted in a military coup a year ago, but the prospect of his return from exile raises fear of another coup.

Dec. 27

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in Pakistan by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. The attack and rioting after her death claim at least 29 more lives.



1. ns07 - December 31, 2007

good collection.

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