* January 14 - Nazanin Fatehi, a 19 year old Iranian girl previously sentenced to death for killing a man she claimed tried to rape her niece, is exonerated, as her re-trial comes to an end.
In this day and age, it kills me that a woman is not allowed to defend themselves. It is completely barbaric when a man can rape a child and the female has no recourse but to accept such a horrible fate. On the face, I know some theists will say, "But...that's radical Islam." To them, I would submit that we have a version of this in the US. Just look at Warren Jeffs and the whole FLDS religion. You can't pretend that it's only happening somewhere else and to some other religion.
*Jan. 17 - the Doomsday Clock hits five minutes to midnight.
I'm normally not one for arbitrary countdowns to global annihilation, but...wow.
*January 30 - Microsoft releases Windows Vista and Office 2007
...and no one, that I know of, has it.
Feb. 6 - Haggard announces that he's been cured of 'the gay'.
The recovery process was "fabulous!"
*February 10 - U.S. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois announces a presidential bid in Springfield, Illinois.
I know it's not the first time an African American has put a bid in for the executive office, but...how cool is it that we've finally reached a point, in this nation, where a black person AND a woman are in serious contention for the presidency? I'm not saying who I'd vote for, I just think it's one of the positive signs in a world where "positive" is rarely newsworthy.
*March 31 - Sydney, Australia, turns off its lights for 1 hour between 7:30pm and 8:30pm as a political statement for Global Climate Change.
...and candle sales flourished. No. Seriously. I thought this was pretty cool. The Aussies have style (I'm lookin' at you, Sean!).
April 12 - Don Imus is fired by CBS for making controversial comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
Consider the source...what ever happened with this?
April 16 - 32 people are killed in the Virginia Tech massacre on the premises of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Man...how sad was this? :(
April 24 - Abortion is legalized in Mexico City.
It's nice to see that a stronghold of Catholicism is coming out of the dark ages. I'd be curious to see some studies about the effects of this.
*May 3 - Madeleine McCann is abducted, the story receives extensive media coverage.
You all know how I felt about this...
How horrible. I hope someone, someday, writes a book about just how screwed up this investigation was and how a child was let down (by multiple people).
*May 15 - Jerry Falwell goes tits up.
...and the world becomes a better place.
*May 17 - The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate re-united after eighty years of schism.
And, the Romanovs rolled in their graves.
*June 1 - A 2100 year old melon is discovered by archaeologists in western Japan
So, if you're a YEC, this melon is 1/3 as old as the earth and older than Jesus.
*June 11 - US Senator Larry Craig, a long-time opponent of gay rights, was arrested for lewd conduct in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8.
What woudl a year in review be without a nod to bathroom behavior?
*June 25 - WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy Benoit, and son Daniel, are found dead as the result of a murder-suicide that took place over the previous weekend.
...and just like that, Nancy Grace becomes an expert on 'roid rage.
*July 1 - Hong Kong celebrates 10 years of Chinese rule....and everyone was hungry again two hours later.
July 21 - The final epic novel in J.K. Rowling's bestselling series Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released selling over 8 million copies in the first 24 hours.
I admit it. I cried. I was sorry to see this end.
*August 1 - The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge on I-35W over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota between University Avenue and Washington Avenue collapses at 6:05 pm CST during the later part of rush hour, killing 13 people.
I still say a benevolent god wouldn't have had a bridge collapse at rush hour. Oh...wait, there is no god.
August 6 - The Crandall Canyon Mine in Emery County, Utah collapses, trapping six miners.
Man...I'm going through the year and I can't believe how little press this got after they stopped the rescue attempt. In case you didn't know, in November, they sealed the mine shaft entrances with concrete and entombed the missing miners.
October 20–November 9 - Wildfires in Southern California result in the evacuation of more than 1,000,000 people and destroying over 1,600 homes and businesses.
Interestingly, and fortunately, I was talking to an acquaintance in real estate and he said that the areas I referred to (in my posts on the fires) have finally decided to institute incredibly strict building codes for these areas. It's about damn time. We'll see what happens next October.
*October 28 - The Vatican beatifies 498 Spanish victims of religious persecution from before and during the Spanish Civil War.
Somehow, I suspect that these victims don't care. The Catholic Church should consider apologizing and rectifying the mistake against the thousands of children who have been molested by priests - you know, put the living above the dead on the priorities list?
Observations not tied to a particular date...
* I think this was a great year for atheism. Lots of books and new websites. I really think that atheists are starting to join together and demand an accurate portrayal of what it means to be an atheist. We seem to have taken some power back and stopped allowing other people to define us. Way to go team!
* Our home equity graph looked like the Rocky Mountains. We bought in 2000, so... we're still good (even with mortgage rates by Sybil). But, the way the housing market has gone bonkers fascinates me.