17 things that happened 10 years ago this year
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From the songs of your childhood to classic TV shows that you couldn't appreciate at the time, there are plenty of great things turning ten in 2017. Yes, there are also some things you probably wish you could forget, but that was 2007 for you. So here's a list of 17 things that entered our lives in 2007. 1. Barack Obama announced he would run for president Standing before a cheering crowd of fellow Illinoisans, a young, unknown senator named Barack Obama declared that he was going to run for president of the United States. Like many speeches Obama would give over the next eight years, it was memorable and excellently delivered, standing long in the memory of those who witnessed it. Within two years, he’d be the leader of the free world, and it all started here. 2. Donald Trump took part in Wrestlemania 23 As America’s 44th president was taking his first steps towards the White House, president number 45 was starting a rather different chapter in his life. Facing off against the chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon, in what was billed as the ‘Battle of the Billionaires’, both men were represented by professional wrestlers. When McMahon’s wrestler lost, Trump got to shave off McMahon’s hair live on TV. But just to ensure Trump didn’t get too cocky over his victory, he then got kicked in the balls and taken down by the referee. At least the Republicans never tried that against Obama. 3. The last Harry Potter book was published Released in almost 100 countries and selling over 20 copies per second on its first day of release in the UK, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the darkest and most serious of the Potter books, as well as J. K. Rowling’s favourite. It had everything fans could hope for: a villain at the peak of his powers, one final, tremendous battle between good and evil, and quite a lot of camping. Best of all, it was all in a single book, not split into two to boost profits. Because why would they do that? 4. Loads of surprising things happened in football Man City finished four points above the relegation zone, Bolton qualified for the Europa League and Benni McCarthy of Blackburn Rovers finished the season with more Premier League goals than Christiano Ronaldo. Oh, and Peter Crouch appeared in the Champions League final. Wow - a decade's a long time in football. 5. Tony Blair quit and Gordon Brown became our PM As Chancellor under the Blair years, he was heralded as brilliant and dependable. Then his boss stepped down and he became Prime Minister. Suddenly the compliments died down. He lasted just three years before being booted out in favour of the one thing British people would view as even more disappointing: a coalition. 6. Kanye West Graduated These days, liking Kanye West’s music often gets you side-eye that even Bernie Sanders would think was too much. Not back in 2007 though. This was the year Ye released Graduation, the album that killed Gangsta Rap, gave the world Stronger and sold almost a million records in a week. Not bad for an album with a cartoon bear on the cover. 7. Umbrella, ella, ella was released It could have been released 1,000 years ago and you’d still be able to sing alone to that last bit in the chorus. Case in point: I don’t think I’ve heard the song since about 2009, but it all came rushing back when I rediscovered it writing this article. 8. Ditto that bloody annoying Ruby song
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