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2007 Highlights By Preston Bailey and Will Lewis Virginia Tech On April 16th, Cho Seung-Hui shot two Virginia Tech students in a dorm room. While the police were looking for a suspect, Cho went to a post office and mailed a manifesto to NBC News. Afterwards, he returned to the school and began shooting his way through classrooms and buildings. 33 people had died: 27 students, 5 professors and the shooter. Chinese-made Toy Recall • In mid-2007, Thomas the Tank Engine, Big Bird, Elmo, Dora the Explorer, Barbie, and The Easy Bake Oven were recalled due to containment of lead paint or loose magnets. It is estimated that more than 20 million toys were recalled. Nuclear Six-Pack • In August, when six nuclear weapons were loaded on the wing of a B-52 bomber, and flown to Louisiana from North Dakota, a glaring display of how easily nuclear safe guards can fall apart was revealed. HIV In early 2007, a study by the NIH showed that men who were medically circumcised were 51% less likely to be afflicted with HIV. Avian Influenza In 2007, the FDA approved the first Bird Flu vaccine. This was because government health officials believed that a global epidemic would come soon. Zero Punctuation A new drug for women, Lybrel, was approved by the FDA. This new drug was a birth control pill that, unlike convention birth control pills, also completely removing menstruation. Apple iPhone Apple‟s newest gadget- the iPhone was first released in 2007. This device combined the popular iPod with a cell phone. „Nuff said. Halo 3 was released for the Xbox 360 in 2007 by Bungie. With amazing graphics, evenly matched multiplayer, and a good storyline, this is one of the top games of the year. Games • Orange Box, Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mass Effect were all released in 2007. Random Facts • The 1st president of Russia, Борис Николаевич Ельцин (Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin) died on April 23rd. • It is the Chinese Year of the Dolphin. • A 2,100-year-old melon is discovered by archaeologists in western Japan. • Evil Knievel died on November 30th. • Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize. • The “Don‟t tase me bro” incident occurred in 2007.
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