| January 6: Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman to
be elected as Speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress.
January 8: In the BCS title game, the number 2
ranked Florida State Gators upset the number 1 ranked Ohio State
Buckeyes 41-14 to win the BCS national championship.
The United States conducts an air strike against suspected terrorist
targets in Somalia.
January 10: President Bush announces plans to send
another 21,500 troops to Iraq.
January 11: Using a ground based ballistic missile,
China destroys one of its own weather satellites.
January 30: Microsoft release the Vista operating
system to consumers.
January 31: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is
granted the power to rule by decree for 18 months by the Venezuelan
The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears 29 to 17 in Super Bowl
February 6: NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak is arrested at
Orlando International Airport. She is charged with several
offenses, the most serious two being attempted murder and attempted
kidnapping. She is alleged to have attacked Air Force Captain
Colleen Shipman in the airport parking lot. The two are involved
in an apparent love triangle with NASA Astronaut Bill Oefelein.
Nowak first and only space mission was on STS-121 in July of 2006.
February 8: Model Anna Nicole Smith dies in
Hollywood, Florida at the age of 39.
February 18: Nascar racing
driver Kevin Harvick wins the Daytona 500.
February 25: The movie "The Departed" wins the Oscar for best
at the 79th Academy Awards.
February 25: Hail from a
thunderstorm does significant damage to the foam insulation on the
external tank of the STS-117 shuttle stack on the launch pad. The
damage requires a roll back to the Vehicle Assembly Building.
This repair delays the STS-117 launch from its original March 15 target.
February 26: A meltdown in the
Chinese stock market sends shock waves through financial markets around
the world. The Dow Jones Industrial average closes down 416.02
points. It is the worst fall for the Dow since 9/11.
March 18: The Collings Foundation brings it's
2007 Wings of Freedom Tour to Love Field in Dallas, Texas. I have
an opportunity to fly on three historic bombers from the World War II
era. Those aircraft included a B-24 Liberator, a B17 Flying
Fortress, and a B-25 Mitchell. For the story of my experience on
the B-24 follow the B-24 Flight link. For the story of my
experience on the B-17 follow the B-17 Flight link. For my experience on the
B-25 follow the B-25 Flight
March 23: Iranian sailors harass
and takes hostage 15 British sailors who were working in Iraqi waters.
April 5: Iran releases the 15
British Naval hostages that they took on March 23.
7: A Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft
carrying cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, Oleg Kotov and space tourist
blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
on a mission headed for the International Space Station.
April 20: NASA contract employee
Bill Phillips kills his supervisor David Beverly and himself during a
hostage standoff at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
April 21: A US Navy Blue Angels jet
crashes during an air show at Beaufort, South Carolina killing it's
pilot Kevin Davis.
April 25: The Dow Jones Industrial
Average closes at 13,089.89 to close above 13,000 for the first time in
May 3: Astronaut Wally Schirra, one
of NASA's original seven astronauts passes away at the age of 84. For a
short biography and my thoughts on Schirra follow the Wally Schirra link.
May 27: Dario
Franchitti wins the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500.
A calender Blue moon occurs in the Western Hemisphere.
NASA launches space shuttle Atlantis on STS-117. It is another
continue the construction of the International Space Station and
carries into space Nebraska's first astronaut, Clayton Anderson.
wife, two of our grandchildren, and me watch the launch with nearly 20
astronauts from the Banana
Creek VIP site at the Kennedy Space Center. For the story and
photos from this launch, please follow the STS-117 link.
June 6: The Anaheim Ducks defeat the Ottawa
Senators 4 games to 1 to win the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup.
June 14: The San Antonio
Spurs defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 0 to win the 2007 NBA
Apple Computer releases the iPhone in the United States.
May 29 :
Two terrorist car bomb attacks fail in London.
Two doctors in Glasgow, Scotland attempt a terrorist attack on the
Glasgow International Airport. They attempted to ram a Jeep Cherokee
into the airport's main terminal and then set it on fire.
July 11: Lady Bird
Johnson dies at the age of 94. Lady Bird Johnson was the wife of
U.S. President Lyndon Banes Johnson. She was born in Karnac,
Texas with the name of Claudia Alta Taylor.
July 19: The Dow
Jones Industrial Average closes above 14,000 for the first time in
July 21: The
seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter book series goes on
sale. The title of this installment is "Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows." It sells over 8.3 million copies.
July 24: The
minimum wage in the United States moves up from $5.15 and hour to
$5.85. It is the first increase in ten years.
August 27: U.S.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez submits his resignation to President
Bush. Gonzalez had be under pressure over the firing of 9 federal
prosecutors in 2006.
September 2: North
Korea agrees to disassemble its nuclear fuel plants after a 2 day
meeting with a U.S. State Department representative.
Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti dies at the age of 71.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down
as military leader if he is re-elected as President of Pakistan.
Former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea is arrested and charged with war
crimes and crimes against humanity. Chea was the chief ideologist
for the Khmer Rouge and the second in command to the notorious Pol
Pot. The Khmer Rouge regime was respnsible for the massacre of
between 1 and 2 million Cambodians.
October 3: North
Korea agrees to dismantle all of its nuclear facilities by the end of
2007. For this act, North Korea was promised 950,000 metric tons
of fuel oil and financial aid. The United States under the
direction of President Bush was to begin the process of removing North
Korea from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism.
October 5: U.S.
Olympic track star Marion Jones admits to the use of steroids.
She had won five medals in the 2000 Olympics. She was stripped of
her Olympic victories and returned the medals.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf wins the election for a third term
as his nation's president.
October 12: Former
U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations Panel on Climate
Change are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This award recognized
their work for the education of the world about human caused climate
October 18: Former
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan after 8
years in exile. While her convey was processing through her
jubilant supports a suicide bomber attacked and killed up to 135
people. Bhutto survived that attack.
October 23: NASA
launches space shuttle Discover on mission STS-1280. This mission
was another in the continuing series of construction mission for the
International Space Station. One of the tasks for the mission was
to deliver the Italian built Harmony space station module. ISS
crew member Clayton Anderson was relieved by Astronaut Dan Tani.
The crew of Discovery at its launch was Pam Melroy, George Zamka, Scott
Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Douglas Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli, and Dan
October 28: The
2007 World series was won by the Boston Red Sox. They swept the
Colorado Rockies 4 games to none.
October 30: Singer
and actor Robert Goulet passes away at the age of 73.
Brigadier General Paul Tibbets passes away at the age of 92.
Tibbets was the pilot and commander of the Enola Gay during World War
II when the first atomic bomb was used it combat. The bomb was
dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declares a state of emergency in
Pakistan. He suspends the country's constitution. He also
removes the judges from the Pakistan Supreme Court. Police arrest
upwards of 500 people who oppose the Musharraf government.
November 6: Six
American soldiers were killed in Iraq. This raised the death toll
in 2007 to 852 lives. That number marked the most deaths of U.S.
soldiers in the Iraq war since it began in 2003.
The space shuttle Discovery lands after the successful complete of
STS-120. This mission held the distinction of being the longest
space shuttle mission to day. It had a mission elapsed time of 15
days, 02, hours, 23 minutes, and 55 seconds. Astronauts on board
during the landing of Discovery were Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George
Zamka, Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Douglas Wheelock, Paolo
Nespoli, and Clayton Anderson.
November 10: Author
Norman Mailer passes away at the age of 84.
An estimated 3,500 people die in southern Bangladesh as a result from
Cyclone Sidr. The cyclone devastates the area with sustained
winds over 100 miles per hour.