The year in brief: Fire, flood, pestilence, bombs and sporting routs
But Conrad Black gets six years in jail, and the Spice Girls are back so it's not all bad news.
Sunday 23 December 2007
JANUARY: Ban Ki-moon replaces Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General; Bulgaria and Romania join EU; England suffer first 5-0 Ashes whitewash since 1921; Interest rate hits 5.25 per cent; 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestants accused of racially abusing Shilpa Shetty; UK storms kill 17; Nancy Pelosi first female Speaker of US House of Representatives. Death: Magnus Magnusson.
FEBRUARY: 'Cash for honours' police interview Tony Blair; H5N1 bird flu at Bernard Matthews turkey farm; Helen Mirren, inset, wins best actress Bafta; Virgin train derails in Cumbria; Barack Obama bids for US presidency; 'The Departed' wins best picture Oscar. Deaths: Ian Richardson, Sheridan Morley, Anna Nicole Smith.
MARCH: BBC's Alan Johnston kidnapped in Gaza; income tax cut to 20p in ; 15 UK sailors detained by Iran; Network Rail fined 4m over Ladbroke Grove crash. Deaths: Ian Wooldridge, John Inman, Gareth Hunt, Sally Clark, Bob Woolmer.
APRIL: Iranian President frees sailors as "gift to Britain"; six UK soldiers killed in Iraq; earthquake of 4.3 hits Kent; Garry Kasparov held after Moscow demo; gunman kills 32 at Virginia Tech; passes $2 mark for first time since 1992. Deaths: Boris Yeltsin, Alan Ball.
MAY: Ministry of Justice created; Tony Blair announces departure date; Nicolas Sarkozy elected French President; Madeleine McCann missing in Portugal; Man Utd win Premiership; Chelsea win FA Cup; UK's Scooch comes second last in Eurovision; SNP's Alex Salmond elected Scotland's First Minister; UK asks Russia to extradite Andrei Lugovoi over Litvinenko poisoning; fire guts Cutty Sark.
JUNE: Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix; Sir Tim Berners-Lee awarded Order of Merit; wettest June on record, floods in Yorkshire; Gordon Brown takes over as PM; car bombs defused in London, suicide car attack on Glasgow Airport; south Europe temperatures hit 46C. Death: Bernard Manning.
JULY: England smoking ban; floods in Thames Valley and Midlands; Alan Johnston freed after 114 days; Live Earth concerts; Venus Williams and Roger Federer win Wimbledon; UK and Russia each expel four diplomats in extradition row; Conrad Black convicted of fraud and obstructing justice; Padraig Harrington wins Open; Harry Potter sells 8 million in 24 hours. Deaths: Nigel Dempster, George Melly, Mike Reid.
AUGUST: Centenary of scouting; Rhys Jones, 11, shot dead in Liverpool; 13 die as Mississippi bridge collapses; foot & mouth in Surrey; Greek wildfires kill 68; Tiger Woods wins 13th major. Deaths: Leona Helmsley, Bill Deedes.
SEPTEMBER: Michael Barrymore told no charges over Stuart Lubbock's death; shaky start for England in Rugby World Cup. Deaths: Anita Roddick, Marcel Marceau, Luciano Pavarotti.
OCTOBER: England lose World Cup final to South Africa; Lib Dems' Sir Menzies Campbell resigns; sprinter Marion Jones admits doping, returns five Olympic medals; Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan; California wildfires destroy 1,600 homes; Argentina's first female President. Deaths: Anthony Clare, Alan Coren, Ned Sherrin.
NOVEMBER: Met Police con- demned over de Menezes shooting; Meredith Kercher murdered in Perugia; England fail to qualify for European Championship; high-speed Channel Tunnel service starts; discs with 15m people's data lost. Deaths: Verity Lambert, Ian Smith, Norman Mailer, Chad Varah.
DECEMBER: Bali conference agrees 'road map' to climate deal; Conrad Black gets six and a half years; Led Zeppelin and Spice Girls concerts; Vladimir Putin is 'Time' Person of the Year; Nick Clegg becomes Lib Dem leader; Diana inquest hears she couldn't have been pregnant. Death: Karlheinz Stockhausen.
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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