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United States -- iPhone Announced

The Apple Computer Company announces the release of the very first iPhone during January of 2007. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed the product during one of his famous keynote addresses. The touch-screen mobile phone had been in development since 2005 and reportedly cost over $150 million to create. Apple’s first iPhone was exclusively available through AT&T at first and thousands of people lined up outside of stores in anticipation of its release later that year. It was originally sold for $599.00 and within less than 3 months of its release, more than 1 million units were sold.

NASA Launches Phoenix Mars Lander

NASA launches the Phoenix Mars Lander during August. The Phoenix spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It successfully landed on Mars during May of 2008 and used its instruments to thoroughly examine the soil of the planet. The lander confirmed the existence of water-based ice in the sub-surface of Mars and performed several experiments that meant to bring insight into whether or not it was ever a hospitable climate for microbes. NASA lost communications with the probe in November of 2008 after it had successfully completed all of its mission objectives.

U.S. presidential candidates

The presidential candidates who decided to run for the highest office in the US

Republicans: Mitt Romney, Rudi Guliani, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Jim Gilmore, Fred Thompson.

Democrats : Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Ron Paul, Mike Gravel, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Dennis Kucinich.

Some had already dropped out by the end of 2007 before the race even begun

Space - New Horizons Visits Jupiter

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flies past Jupiter during February of 2007 on its way to Pluto. New Horizons took updated photos of the solar system’s largest planet, the first up-close images to be transmitted since the end of the Galileo mission in 2003. The spacecraft also observed atmospheric conditions, took particle readings, and detailed photos of Jupiter’s rings. New Horizons received a gravity-assist from the planet as it flew past which increased its speed and helped shorten its journey to Pluto by about 3 years.

United States - Phoenix Spacecraft

NASA launches the Phoenix Mars Lander during August. The Phoenix spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It successfully landed on Mars during May of 2008 and used its instruments to thoroughly examine the soil of the planet. The lander confirmed the existence of water-based ice in the sub-surface of Mars and performed several experiments that meant to bring insight into whether or not it was ever a hospitable climate for microbes. NASA lost communications with the probe in November of 2008 after it had successfully completed all of its mission objectives.

Violent thunderstorms

Violent thunderstorms roar through parts of Alabama and three other U.S. states in the region.

Blizzards and severe snowstorms Denver

Blizzards and severe snowstorms sweep through Denver and the surrounding areas

Greensburg tornadoes

One of the deadliest tornadoes in Kansas history destroys the town of Greensburg as it takes the brunt of the 200 mph winds.

Deadly fires Southern California

One of the largest and deadliest fires in US history rages in Southern California fanned by the Santa Ana winds destroying 400,000 acres and 2,000 homes

Virginia Tech Campus

A student on Virginia Tech Campus goes on a killing spree on April 16th leaving over 30 students dead

Wembley Stadium

The New Wembley Stadium in England Is completed

Wall Street Journal

Rupert Murdoch aquires Dow Jones & Co which includes the Wall Street Journal

I35W Bridge collapses

The Bridge over the the Mississippi river on I35W collapses with cars dropping the 50ft into the river, due to quick responses by emergency services only 13 people lost their lives in the tragedy

Utah Mine Disaster

Six miners are trapped and lost in a collapsed mine in Utah and the tragedy worsened when 3 rescue workers are also lost in the tragedy

Australia Severe drought

Severe drought in Australia causes wheat crop to fail and prices to increase around the world.

Finland shooting rampage

Pekka-Eric Auvinen a student at Jokela Secondary School goes on a shooting rampage killing 10 including taking his own life.

Iraq British troops withdraw

British troops withdraw from Basra in Iraq leaving Iraq Security forces in control

Burma military Junta Shut off access to the outside world

In Burma the military Junta Shut off access to the outside world including Internet access and moved against street protests by Buddhist Monks leaving over 1,000 protesters dead after firing indiscriminantly into the crowds.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf

The Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf clings to power by suspending the Constitution and imposing martial law

Cost of Living 2007

How Much things cost in 2007

Average Cost of new house $313,600.00

Average Median Income $50,823.00

Cost of a gallon of Gas $3.38

Price Of Gold Per Ounce $630.00

Popular Culture 2007

The Final Harry Potter book is published Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Fisher Price recalls over 1 million Chinese Made Toys

Popular Musicians

Beyoncé

Fergie

Nelly Furtado

Gwen Stefani

Justin Timberlake

Avril Lavigne

Plain White T's

Pink

Sean Kingston

Ludacris

Carrie Underwood

Nickelback

Diddy

Rihanna

Britney Spears

Kelly Clarkson

Linkin Park

Christina Aguilera

Keyshia Cole

Hilary Duff

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Nelly Furtado

Jennifer Lopez

Dixie Chicks

Young Jeezy

50 Cent

Alicia Keys

Maroon 5

Popular TV

CSI Crime Scene Investigation

Grey's Anatomy

Survivor: China

Sunday Night Football

Without a Trace

Amazing Race

Two and a Half Men

Cold Case

Deal or No Deal

NCIS

Pakistan Bomb attack

Bomb attack on the Former prime minister of Pakistan ( Benazir Bhutto )

Pakistan tropical storms

Severe tropical storms strike Karachi in southern Pakistan leaving hundreds dead

Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr

Cyclone Sidr with winds reaching 160 MPH strikes coastal areas of Bangladesh claiming the lives of between 4,000 and 5,000

Peru earthquake

An earthquake measuring 8.0 strikes the central coastal area of Peru leaving 500 dead

Chrysler

Daimler Chrysler sells off Chrysler to a private equity fund

Von Maur department store

Robert A. Hawkins enters Von Maur department store and murders 8 people using a semi-automatic rifle in the Westroads Mall in Omaha

Mitchell Report

The Mitchell Report is published which shows the use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormones is widespread in Major League Baseball

Trolley Square Mall

Sulejman Talović enters the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah and opens fire killing five and injuring 4 bystanders before being shot dead by police

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown becomes The new British Prime Minister

Tesla Roadster

The worlds most efficient electric car the Tesla Roadster shown at car shows prior to full production 2008

Liberty of the Seas

The world's largest ship the "Liberty of the Seas" a passenger cruise ship goes into service

Glasgow Airport Attack

Terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport by terrorists working as doctors in the British Health Service

Northern Rock

Bank Of England bails out 4th largest mortgage company Northern Rock

Housing bubble bursts

The US Housing bubble bursts when year on year home prices drop by up to 2 - 15% in areas of the country causing increasing numbers of Foreclosures

Singapore airlines

Singapore airlines becomes the first airline to fly the new Airbus passenger jet A380 ( JumboJet) on scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia

Philippines terrorist bomb

A terrorist bomb is exploded outside the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) Complex in Quezon City killing 6

massive bombs in Algiers

Al-Qaeda terrorists explode massive bombs in Algiers including at the United Nations building killing 50

Sudan refugee camps

Rebels from Darfur, Sudan continue campaign of attacking and murder on refugee camps in Chad and elsewhere

U.S. Blackwater banned

US Private Security Firm Blackwater is banned by Iraqi government from operating in Iraq following civilian shootings

London Underground

London Underground grinds to a halt following maintenance worker strikes

Seven Wonders of the Modern World

New7Wonders Foundation announce the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World

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Brazil Flight 3054

TAM Airlines Airbus 320 Flight 3054 crashes in Brazil with the loss of 199 people

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi is elected as the first female Speaker of the US Congress

2007 Calendar

Popular Films

Spider-Man 3

Shrek the Third

Transformers

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Bourne Ultimatum Uni.

300

Ratatouille

The Simpsons Movie

I Am Legend

Live Free or Die Hard

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

American Gangster

Bee Movie

Ocean's Thirteen

Evan Almighty

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Saw IV

Surf's Up

Resident Evil: Extinction

Epic Movie

Nancy Drew

The Hills Have Eyes 2

Oscars

Best Picture : The Departed

Best Documentary : An Inconvenient Truth

Best Actor Leading Role : Forest Whitaker ( The Last King Of Scotland )

Best Actress Leading Role : Helen Mirren ( The Queen )

Best Actor Supporting Role : Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine )

Best Actress Supporting Role : Jenifer Hudson ( Dream Girls )

Technology 2007

Apple Introduces The iPhone on June 29th

Apple Introduces The new Itouch with built in WiFi and touch screen

Following it's introduction in late 2006 Nintendo Wii with it's motion sensitive controllers is the game system in demand.

Major World Political Leaders 2007

Australia Prime Minister John Howard Till 3 December

Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd From 3 December

Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao

France President Jacques Chirac Till 16 May

France President Nicolas Sarkozy From 16 May

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel

India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Italy Prime Minister Romano Prodi

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Till This Day In History September 26th

Japan Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda From 26 September

Mexico President

Russia / Soviet Union

GeneFelipe Calderón ral Secretary of the CPSU Thabo Mbeki

South Africa State President Vladimir Putin

United States President George W. Bush

United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair Till 27 June

United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown From 27 June