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2007 was, in many ways, a turning point for the world, with major milestones occurring in science and technology.

This year, Netflix began streaming content, NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, and Tesla unveiled the efficient electric car, the Tesla Roadster.

Social media also took off like crazy in 2007, but Myspace was ahead of the game, valuing 65 times more than Facebook. It was also the year Tumblr entered the scene.

Notable events outside of tech included J.K. Rowling revealing Dumbledore’s sexuality and Britney Spears’s headline-making haircut.

Continue reading to learn about the major events, memorable music releases, thought-provoking quotes, and notable deaths that defined 2007.

Events

Here we’ll rewind to 2007 and relive the exhilarating moments that made it a year to remember.

Jan 1

Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union.

Jan 9

Steve Jobs announced Apple’s very first smartphone, the iPhone 1.

OTD in 2007: Steve Jobs announced Apple's very first smartphone

Steve Jobs said he aimed to “reinvent the phone.” And that he did.

Jan 11

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling officially finished writing The Deathly Hallows.

OTD in 2007: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling officially finished writing The Deathly Hallows.

It was finished in room 552 at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, UK.

Jan 13

Instruments used to observe Venus found two-thirds of the planet’s southern hemisphere brightened after aerosols were triggered on an “astronomical” scale.

Jan 17

The Doomsday Clock’s minute hand was moved two minutes closer to midnight, making the new Doomsday just five minutes to midnight.

The change was made after North Korea performed its first nuclear test.

Jan 21

American pop singer Ariana Grande joined YouTube at 13 years old.

Feb 19

The website Tumblr was launched by its founder David Karp.

OTD in 2007: The website Tumblr was launched by its founder David Karp.

Mar 23

The PlayStation 3 was released in Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand, Africa, and the Middle East.

In November 2006, the PS3 was first released in North America and Japan. Due to delays, it took four months to be released around the rest of the world.

Mar 29

Rihanna’s single “Umbrella” was released.

OTD in 2007: Rihanna's single "Umbrella" was released.

It featured Jay-Z and spent seven weeks as #1 on Billboard’s Top 100.

Apr 3

Guitarist Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones denied he said he snorted his late father’s ashes.

Apr 17

Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane received the Special Citation Pulitzer Prize after his death.

May 3

Three-year-old English girl Madeleine McCann went missing while on vacation with her parents, family, and friends in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Her disappearance received worldwide media coverage, with searches still ongoing today. Her parents, Gerry, and Kate McCann, continue to appeal for information on her whereabouts.

May 19

The Coen brothers film, “No Country for Old Men,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

It won the Best Picture award. The movie was based on the Cormac McCarthy novel.

May 19

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End premiered in Anaheim, California.

At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made, with a $300 million budget.

May 19

Sicko, a documentary on the US healthcare system, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Moore directed the film.

May 31

Rihanna released her third studio album titled “Good Girl Gone Bad.”

Jun 12

Michael Bay’s Transformers premiered in Sydney, Australia.

Jun 13

The first large-scale exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s works was displayed in Mexico.

354 of Kahlo’s original drawings and paintings went on display at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City in honor of the Mexican artist’s 100th birthday.

Jun 29

The first-generation Apple iPhone went on sale.

Jul 10

Erden Eruç began the world’s first successful solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world.

Jul 21

J.K. Rowling’s final book in the series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book was published worldwide.

A record 12 million copies were sold within just 24 hours of its release.

Jul 25

Pratibha Patil was sworn in as India’s first female president.

Aug 1

The Mississippi River Bridge collapsed during rush hour.

OTD in 2007: The Mississippi River Bridge collapsed during rush hour.

This disaster took thirteen lives and left 145 people injured.

Aug 4

NASA launched the Phoenix spaceship from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, US.

Aug 8

The EF2 tornado ripped through Brooklyn, New York, for 18 minutes, causing nine injuries and $20 million in damages.

Aug 21

Bioshock, the first-person dystopian horror shooter game, was released for Xbox 360 and PC.

The last few months of Bioshock’s development were rough. The playtesters had no idea of the setting or what was happening. To give players more clarity, the development team added cutscenes at the beginning of the game that showed the player’s aircraft crashing into the sea. This tactic was inspired by the first episode of Lost.

Aug 22

Storm Botnet sent a staggering 57 million emails.

OTD in 2007: Storm Botnet sent a staggering 57 million emails.

Storm Botnet was a remotely controlled network of “zombie computers” spread through email spam. Essentially the emails carry viruses, and in September 2007, Storm Botnet accounted for around 8% of malware found on Microsoft devices.

Aug 23

Chris Messina Tweeted #barcamp, which became the first use of a hashtag on Twitter.

OTD in 2007: Chris Messina Tweeted #barcamp

Messina co-founded BarCamp, a technology and web event that’s been held in more than 350 cities.

Sep 10

The CERN Large Hadron Collider was powered up for the first time.

The Large Hadron Collider, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), is the world’s largest and most sophisticated high-energy particle collider. It wasn’t tested for another fourteen months due to damage it sustained while powering up.

Sep 21

The survival movie “Into the Wild,” starring Emile Hirsch, premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

Sep 21

Actor George Clooney crashed on a motorcycle.

The accident happened at 3:00 am, and he suffered a broken rib and a few scratches.

Sep 23

After three years in development, Bungie finally released Halo 3 for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft marketed Halo 3 like crazy and even had Bill Gates at the launch event at a Best Buy in Bellevue, Washington, to hand out the first official copy. All that hard work paid off, as Halo 3 broke the record for the highest gross sales of a video game within 24 hours of release with $170 million.

Sep 24

The American Sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory”, premiered on CBS.

The show lasted for 12 seasons, and because of its success, stars such as Jim Parsons and Kunal Nayyar became some of the most well-paid actors in the world.

Oct 10

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor became the first Malaysian in space aboard Russia’s Soyuz TMA-10.

Oct 14

American reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” premiered on the E! Network.

Oct 18

Former Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan as suicide bombers attacked her convoy in Karachi.

OTD in 2007: Former Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan as suicide bombers attacked her convoy in Karachi.

Returning from eight years of exile in London and Dubai, she escaped unscathed from the attack that killed 180 people and injured 500.

Oct 29

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became Argentina’s first female president.

Nov 5

Spacecraft Change 1 entered lunar orbit at 02:15 UT and became the first Chinese spacecraft to orbit the moon successfully.

Change 1 was launched on October 24, 2007, to collect data from mapping the moon’s surface. After having orbited the moon over 589 times, it landed on the moon’s surface on March 1, 2009. It became the first Chinese space mission to make contact with the moon.

Nov 5

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released in North America for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

This award-winning game was set in the modern era instead of World War II. This new direction for Call of Duty was clearly the right choice, as Call of Duty 4 was the highest-selling Xbox game in 2007.

Nov 12

Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo’s third 3D Mario game, was released for the Nintendo Wii in North America.

Many of the game’s design elements were thought of before the Wii was first created. For example, the concept of spherical “platforms” was envisioned for a GameCube game but wasn’t possible due to technical limitations.

Nov 20

MTV and Harmonix released Rock Band for PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America.

Harmonix created the first two Guitar Hero games and already had the idea in mind for Rock Band when MTV Music bought them out. Unable to continue the Guitar Hero series, they created Rock Band.

Nov 29

Martinique earthquake shook the majority of the Eastern Caribbean.

The 7.4 magnitude quake struck at 15:00 local time and killed six people while injuring more than 400.

Dec 20

Pablo Picasso’s “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch” was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café by Candido Portinari.

OTD in 2007: Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of Suzanne Bloch" was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art

Dec 27

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.

The former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, was killed as she was leaving a rally of the Pakistan People’s Party. She was killed as she was driving away from the rally as a result of both gunshot wounds and suicide bomber detonation next to her car.

Famous Births

Check out these awesome individuals who were born in 2007!

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Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

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Actress

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16 years old

Born In:

California, USA

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Cailey Fleming

American

Actress

Cailey Fleming

Age:

17 years old

Born In:

Mississippi, USA

Famous Deaths

Here’s a glimpse at a few famous people who bid us farewell in 2007.

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Kurt Vonnegut

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Writer

Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer born on November 11, 1922. He died on April 11, 2007, at age 84 in Manhattan, New York, USA.

Died On:

Apr 11, 2007 (Age 84)

Died In:

New York, USA

Quotes

Here’s a roundup of the most memorable quotes people said in 2007.

Feb 10

Let’s be the generation that makes future generations proud of what we did here.

Dec 1

It’s okay to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.

2007 In Music

In 2007, the music world was brimming with unforgettable melodies that had us humming and dancing all year long!

From the energetic rock anthem “Umbrella” by Rihanna ft. Jay-Z to the catchy pop vibes of “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s, these songs became the soundtracks of our lives and had us singing along wherever we went.

Expand your music knowledge with these highlights from 2007 that you should know.

Album of the Year

Dixie Chicks’ heartfelt and introspective country album “Taking the Long Way” triumphed at the 2007 Grammy Awards, capturing the hearts of fans and critics alike.

Song of the Year

The Dixie Chicks fearlessly expressed their views through their captivating track “Not Ready to Make Nice,” which won them the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2007.

Best New Artist

Carrie Underwood’s powerful vocals and country charm won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2007, making her a beloved figure in the world of country music.

Eurovision Song Contest Winner

Helsinki, Finland, hosted the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, with a series of memorable performances.

Marija Šerifović, a powerful vocalist from Serbia, stole the show with her captivating ballad “Molitva,” claiming Serbia’s first victory in Eurovision.

2007 in Numbers

Here we’ll explore the fascinating world of numbers! In Roman numerals, 2007 is 2007, and when converted to binary, it becomes 11111010111.

Harshad Number

2007 is a Harshad number, which is a number that can be evenly divided by the sum of its digits. It’s like a special math rule for some numbers.

To explain in more detail, we add up the digits (2 + 0 + 0 + 7), which equals 9. And now we see if 2007 can be divided evenly by 9, which it can! 2007 ÷ 9 = 223. So this makes 2007 a Harshad number.

Chinese Zodiac 2007

Chinese Zodiac 2007: Year of the Fire Pig

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2007 was the Year of the Fire Pig. The Year of the Pig occurs every twelve years, while the Year of the Fire Pig pops up every 60 years.

Did you know that the Chinese zodiac operates on a lunar calendar? That means the Year of the Fire Pig actually kicked off on February 18th, and lasted until February 6, 2008.

People born in the Year of the Pig are often kind-hearted, generous, and sincere. They are known for their strong work ethic, are loyal companions, and have a love for life’s pleasures.

Dua Lipa and Ross Lynch are notable figures who were born in the Years of the Pig!

2007 Trivia

Did you know that in 2007, the US state of New Mexico declared that Pluto is still a planet?

Despite being struck from the list of planets the previous year, New Mexico wrote into state law that whenever Pluto flies over New Mexico, it is a planet.

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