Things You Forgot Happened In The Year 2007
On 5th January 2017
2017 is off with a bang already, but what was happening just ten short years ago? Times were just as bad then, and we have proof. It was a rather eventful time to be alive and in the world of pop culture alone, it was never a dull moment. It was not nearly as chaotic as the year we just wiped our hands clean of, 2016, but it was certainly a time that provided us with plenty of eye-raising, jaw-dropping, and head-scratching headlines. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and it was the weirdest of times. It is important to look back at the successes, failures, and cringey fashion statements from 10 years ago to remind us just how much 2007 helped shape what we have become and what we have to look forward too.
#1 Introduction Of The iPhone
In January of 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the new iPhone, which would go on sale in June. On the date of release, it was evident that everyone and their mother wanted one as lines for the new device stretched out for miles. When first developing the iPhone in 2004, Jobs halted Apple's tablet production to focus on the iPhone. When it was introduced in 2007 it came with mixed reviews. Tech leaders claimed it would not sell and would become simply a niche item appealing only to gadget freaks. Of course, we know now that isn't the case, and the tablet he was working on, the iPad, came out to huge fanfare a few years later. The iPhone's massive success helped Apple become one of the world's biggest companies and helped revolutionize the way we communicate.
#2 Kid Rock And Tommy Lee Duke It Out
At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, things got a little awkward when Pamela Andersons two exes bumped into one another. Tommy Lee and Kid Rock came to blows off-camera only to be separated by security while Alicia Keys was performing live. Kid Rock claimed that he had endured over five years of nasty comments from Tommy Lee after he divorced Anderson. He said that he waited for the day when the two would see each other face to face, and that was the day, Lee says he was accosted by Rock while just sitting in his seat and did nothing wrong. Kid Rock was charged in the incident.
#3 YouTube In 2007
Only two years old, YouTube began to catch on in 2007, mostly with young adults. People were amazed that some videos were being seen by millions of eyes, and becoming viral sensations. That's why it remains one of the most popular forms of media today. Some of the sites earliest blockbusters included the Obama Girl political satire, Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" music video, and a political outcry from a distressed Britney Spears fan demanding that we all "Leave Britney Alone." All of these videos had over 4 million views, but the Leave Britney Alone clip had 14 million views by the end of the year. These videos popularity helped YouTube branch out into bigger endeavors, which included partnering with CNN to host two Presidential debates.
#4 Britney Spears Meltdown
OK, so why did the video on YouTube go viral when the young man cried saying "leave Britney Alone"? Because she was bombarded with tabloid gossip after she literally went berzerk. Britney Spears had a bittersweet fall from grace in 2007. Her year started off with her aunt dying of cancer in January and the following month, she shaved her head and admitted herself into a rehabilitation facility. She also attacked paparazzi with an umbrella. During all of this, she was going through a nasty divorce from ex-husband, Kevin Federline, which was finalized in July. That same month, she was reported to have stormed out of an OK! Magazine photo shoot after damaging designer clothes provided for her. More infamously, a couple months later in September, Spears appeared inebriated and out of shape as she poorly attempted to lip sync and dance on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Then, after being charged with a misdemeanor for a hit and run and driving without a valid license, she was forced to surrender custody of her children to her ex, Federline. Thankfully, within a couple years, she was able to clean up her act and steer towards a new life of sobriety and a hit Vega show.