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2007Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

2007Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

200749th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins

2007Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

2007Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.

2007The first episode of "Mad Men" debuts. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper

2007121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)

2007George Clooney is injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey

2007After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films

2007Boris 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.

2007Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

2007"Michael Clayton", starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton, is released

200789th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club

2007Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

2007After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.

2007Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

2007Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

200741st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

2007"Into the Wild", starring Emile Hirsch, is released

200734th American Music Award: Fergie, Justin Timberlake & Carrie Underwood win

2007Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.

2007The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

2007Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

2007Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

200721st Soul Train Music Awards: Jermaine Dupri, Jennifer Hudson win

2007Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.

2007The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players to be named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

2007Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

2007Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber.

2007Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

2007Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

2007Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect.

200742nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

2007"Into the Wild", starring Emile Hirsch, is released

2007Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a controversial speech on the campus of Columbia University.

2007114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

2007Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours.

200724th MTV Awards: Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, Fergie & Justin Timberlake wins

200733rd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Jennifer Aniston win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Eva Longoria win (TV)

2007Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

2007Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

200741st Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

2007 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
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. 
Jan 1
Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country. 
Jan 1
Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board. 
Jan 3
National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport. 
Jan 4
The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history. 
Jan 5
Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers 
Jan 7
Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins 
Jan 9
Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone. 
Jan 9
33rd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Jennifer Aniston win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Eva Longoria win (TV) 
Jan 12
Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years. 
Jan 13
Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate. 
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, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England. 
Jan 19
Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast. 
Jan 21
Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark. 
Jan 22
The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. 
Jan 29
Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens 
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 3
A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339. 
Feb 4
Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB 
Feb 10
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 31-28 
Feb 11
A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. 
Feb 11
49th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins 
Feb 12
A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting. 
Feb 12
Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership 
Feb 13
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. 
Feb 19
Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala. 
Feb 21
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. 
Feb 23
Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea. 
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
27th Golden Raspberry Awards: Basic Instinct 2 wins 
Feb 25
79th Academy Awards - "The Departed," Forest Whitaker & Helen Mirren win 
Feb 27
The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends. 
Feb 27
The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years. 
Feb 27
Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers 
Feb 28
Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft. 
Mar 1
Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama. 
Mar 1
"Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots. 
Mar 4
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. 
Mar 6
Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial. 
Mar 7
British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014) 
Mar 9
The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens. 
Mar 10
21st Soul Train Music Awards: Jermaine Dupri, Jennifer Hudson win 
Mar 23
Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia. 
Mar 23
Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters. 
Mar 23
After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films 
Mar 24
The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections. 
Mar 31
In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour. 
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
15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President. 
Apr 8
71st Golf Masters Championship: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289 
Apr 11
2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others. 
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: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide. 
Apr 16
41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins 
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: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself. 
Apr 24
Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime. 
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 26
Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district 
Apr 27
Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia. 
Apr 29
Republic Protests in Turkey. 
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 3
British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. 
May 4
Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado. 
May 4
The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever. 
May 5
Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon. 
May 5
133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17 
May 7
The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered. 
May 8
A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin as Deputy First Minister. 
May 11
Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão. 
May 12
2007 Karachi riots, which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city. 
May 13
Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins. 
May 13
Republic Protests in Turkey. 
May 15
42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins 
May 16
Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May. 
May 16
Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd 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
133rd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46 
May 21
Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England. 
May 25
The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time. 
May 27
Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h) 
Jun 1
Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan. 
Jun 1
Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places. 
Jun 3
USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. (details) 
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 trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker. 
Jun 8
Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness 
Jun 9
139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74 
Jun 10
61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win 
Jun 10
53rd LPGA Championship won by Suzann Pettersen 
Jun 10
"The Sopranos" series finale on HBO (infamous "cut to black" ending) 
Jun 12
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin 
Jun 13
The Al Askari Mosque is bombed again. 
Jun 14
61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0 
Jun 17
107th US Golf Open: Ángel Cabrera shoots a 285 at Oakmont GC PA 
Jun 24
The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours. 
Jun 25
2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull. 
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
Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 
Jun 28
Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies. 
Jun 29
Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus. 
Jun 29
Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway 
Jun 30
A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack. 
Jul 1
Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban. 
Jul 7
Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass. 
Jul 7
Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth. 
Jul 8
114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1) 
Jul 8
121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2) 
Jul 10
78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco 
Jul 11
15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win 
Jul 14
Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. 
Jul 16
An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake. 
Jul 17
TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths. 
Jul 19
The first episode of "Mad Men" debuts. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper 
Jul 21
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the bestselling Harry Potter series is released. 
Jul 22
136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links 
Jul 24
Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya. 
Jul 25
Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president 
Jul 27
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; there were no survivors. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history. 
Jul 31
Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end. 
Aug 1
The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour. 
Aug 4
NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched. 
Aug 7
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run. 
Aug 8
An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889. 
Aug 12
Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged. 
Aug 12
89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club 
Aug 14
The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 400 people. 
Aug 15
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090. 
Aug 21
Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5. 
Aug 22
The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history. 
Aug 22
The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day 
Aug 29
A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base. 
Sep 5
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. 
Sep 9
24th MTV Awards: Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, Fergie & Justin Timberlake wins 
Sep 10
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999. 
Sep 11
Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs. 
Sep 12
Shinzo Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan. 
Sep 12
Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder. 
Sep 14
Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect. 
Sep 16
One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people. 
Sep 16
59th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, James Spader & Sally Field win 
Sep 17
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. 
Sep 18
Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president. 
Sep 18
Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution. 
Sep 21
George Clooney is injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey 
Sep 21
"Into the Wild", starring Emile Hirsch, is released 
Sep 21
"Into the Wild", starring Emile Hirsch, is released 
Sep 24
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a controversial speech on the campus of Columbia University. 
Sep 26
Shinzo Abe formally ends his term as Prime Minister of Japan. 
Sep 29
Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, the magnox reactor and Calder hall was demolished in a controlled explosion. 
Oct 1
Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom. 
Oct 2
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. 
Oct 5
"Michael Clayton", starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton, is released 
Oct 6
Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. 
Oct 9
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high. 
Oct 15
17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country. 
Oct 17
The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal. 
Oct 18
After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured. 
Oct 19
Bomb explosion rocks Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, the Philippines killing 11, injuring more than 100 people. 
Oct 25
The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia. 
Oct 29
Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. 
Nov 3
Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court. 
Nov 5
China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon. 
Nov 7
Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulting in the death of nine people. 
Nov 7
41st Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins 
Nov 10
¿Por qué no te callas? incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez. 
Nov 13
An explosion hits the south wing of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon City, killing four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar, and wounding six. 
Nov 14
the last direct-current distribution by Con Edison was shut down. 
Nov 15
A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans. 
Nov 18
34th American Music Award: Fergie, Justin Timberlake & Carrie Underwood win 
Nov 23
MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. 
Nov 24
Australians elect the Kevin Rudd-led centre-left Australian Labor Party at the federal election, ending the eleven-year tenure of the John Howard-led centre-right Liberal/National coalition government. 
Nov 25
The first European Parliament election and a referendum on changing the voting system (called by the President and declared invalid because of insufficient turnout) were held in Romania. 
Nov 25
95th CFL Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 23-19 
Nov 29
The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny. 
Nov 29
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 south as Trinidad. 
Nov 30
Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours. 
Dec 2
96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1) 
Dec 3
Devastating winter storms caused 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 of damaged are blamed on the floods. 
Dec 5
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. 
Dec 7
The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit. 
Dec 11
Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings. 
Dec 13
The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players to be named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada. 
Dec 17
Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States 
Dec 19
The Lakotah people, a Native American tribe, proclaim independence and withdraw all their treaties with the United States. They then proceed to establish the Republic of Lakotah, with an ongoing process of international recognition as a separate country. 
Dec 20
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days. 
Dec 20
The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari. 
Dec 21
The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders. 
Dec 27
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber. 
Dec 28
Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy. 
Dec 29
Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0. 
Dec 31
Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines. 
Dec 31
The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends. 
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