2007 was quite a year! There were big news stories on the economy, politics, technology
and entertainment. We'll summarize some of the big events and then discuss some of
the major celebrity news of 2007.
The economy has been generally good. Unemployment remains low but the housing market
has been troubled. Your house is probably worth less than it was in 2006, unless you
live in Seattle, Portland or Charlotte. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the
year around 12,500, hit a low of 11,926 followed by a high of 14,280 and now hovers
around 13,350 for an increase of 7% for the year. The dollar is down 7%; Gold went
from $625 to $825, oil from around $60 to $95.
President Bush has low approval ratings and the congress has even lower ratings. The
country has seen the race for 2008's Presidential election heat up. Clinton and Obama
are neck and neck with Edwards lagging for the Democrats; while Giuliani, Huckabee,
Romney and McCain vie for Republican nomination. There have been two debates sponsored
by the super-popular website YouTube.
YouTube became the number one video sharing website this year. Early in the year,
video bloggers (vloggers) dominated the site with clips of mainly young personalities
filming short clips from their bedrooms. Later in the year, Corporations seemed to
take over YouTube. Oprah created a YouTube channel and last week, so did the Queen
of England. For more on the YouTube phenomenon and to see popular videos, please visit YouTubeStars.
Other big news stories in 2007 were the introduction of Apple's iPhone and Nintendo's
Wii, the recall of many Chinese made toys suspected of lead contamination, and the
rehab adventures of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears (more on Spears, below). The
most memorable phrase in 2007 was "Don't
Tase me, Bro!" Also noteworthy were the Beauty Queen who had trouble answering
her question at the pageant, Sanjaya on American Idol, and Don Imus' inflammatory remarks
that got him fired.
Celebrity news of 2007
Nicole Smith died on February 8th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood Florida
and was buried in the Bahamas next to her recently deceased son Daniel. A custody
battle ensued over Smith's daughter Dannielynn. Her lawyer/escort Howard K. Stern
claimed to be the father but DNA test results announced on April 10th showed that
Larry Birkhead, Smith's former lover and photojournalist, was Dannielynn's daddy.
Paris Hilton recently found out that her billionaire grandpa is leaving almost all
of his wealth to a Hilton charitable trust fund. Paris spent 22 days in a L.A. jail
this past June, for driving with a suspended license. In interviews after her release,
Hilton said she felt transformed by the situation and that God had given her a second
chance. Since then, she has been promoting her new Champagne in a can and lounging
in lingerie for her role in the movie "The Hottie And The Nottie", to be released
This past fall, OJ Simpson was back in the news. On November 14th, he was ordered
to stand trial for kidnapping and the armed robbery of his own memorabilia from a
pair of collectors. On September 13th at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las
Vegas, Simpson and five accomplices allegedly confronted Bruce Fromong and Alfred
Beardsley in their room in an effort to get back memorabilia from his football career
that Simpson claimed they had stolen from him. The collectors claimed that Simpson
had a gun, but he denied those charges in court. Simpson was acquitted on June 12,
1994 of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ron Goldman after one of the
most famous court cases in history.
16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears, little sister of top star Britney Spears, announced
recently that she is pregnant with the child of long time boyfriend Casey Aldridge.
Jamie stars in Nickelodeon's popular TV show "Zoey 101," a show that targets 'tweens
from 9 to 14 years old. Spears and her mom Lynne just agreed to sell first photos
of the baby to OK! Magazine for one million dollars. The money will come in handy
for mom Lynne; she just lost a book deal on parenting skills with Christian publisher
Thomas Nelson. Sister Britney is said to consider the pregnancy a "slap in the face."
She initially denied that her sister was pregnant. It was a bad year for Britney. She
is undergoing parenting training and random drug and alcohol testing as the result
of a bitter custody battle with Kevin Federline over their boys Sean Preston, 2, and
Jayden James, 1. She has been repeatedly photographed in embarrassing situations and
was panned for her lip-synched performance of "Gimme More" at this year's MTV Video
In better news, movie star Angelina Jolie received great respect from the public this
year due to her work as a U.N. goodwill ambassador and for her efforts to raise awareness
of suffering in Africa. Jolie has three adopted children; from Ethiopia, Cambodia
and Vietnam. Last month, Jolie was nominated for best leading actress, for playing
slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's wife in the movie "A Mighty Heart."
Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She achieved Hollywood
star status in her supporting role of Lisa Rowe alongside Winona Ryder in 199's Girl,
Interrupted, a film that tells the story of mental patient Susanna Kaysen.
2007 has ended tragically with the assassination of Pakistan's Benazer Bhutto. Let's hope
that the people of the world can learn to live in peace with one another in 2008.
Happy New Year to you!