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When Someone Says “10 Years Ago,” We Picture the 1990’s…


Did you know that this year is the iPhone’s 10th birthday?

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Ten. Years. Old.

To be perfectly honest, we picture 10 years ago to be sometime in the 90’s, which then begs the question, how on earth is it already 2017?!!

Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld Convention in January of 2007, and by June of the same year, Apple released the iPhone to the public. Undoubtedly, the invention of the iPhone has changed our culture in more ways than one. Without it, we may never would have met Siri, been able to Facetime on the go, or have almost every emoji known to man available at our fingertips (Except for a duck. There are dragons and a unicorn and both bactrian AND dromedary camels, but still no duck. If someone knows why this is the case, please tell us. We’re dying to know.)

So for today’s Throwback Thursday, we decided to pick up our 11th Generation iPhones and Google our way back to 2007 to see what else was going on in the world of pop culture back then. It’s safe to say that 2007 was a year of music, money, and mayhem. Ahhh the nostalgia!

January 2007: Aside from the iPhone announcement, Oprah opens the $40 million Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg, South Africa, with celebrity attendees including Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, and Mary J. Blige. Nine months later the school is the center of controversy after a dorm matron is accused of abuse.

February 2007: The beginning of Britney Spears’ year long breakdown. After checking herself into – and then out of – rehab, Britney stops by a salon and shaves own head after a stylist refuses to do it for her.

March 2007:  Elton John plays Madison Square Garden for the 60th time to celebrate his 60th Birthday, setting a record for the most concerts at that venue by any artist.  R.E.M., Patti Smith, and Van Halen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April 2007:  After triple-bypass surgery and six weeks off the air, Regis Philbin returns to Live with Regis and Kelly. He officially leaves the show in 2011. April also brought the beginning of the devastating global financial crisis, when New Century Financial Corp., a leading subprime mortgage lender, files for bankruptcy.

May 2007: For the first time in 20 years, The Police reunites to kick off their world tour in Vancouver. 2007 also brought other memorable musical reunions, including Genesis, Van Halen with David Lee Roth, and Led Zeppelin.

June 2007: After serving 23 days (yes days) in prison for violating probation and driving without a license, Paris Hilton stops by Larry King’s studio to discuss her “traumatic experience.”

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July 2007: 10 days after the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sets an opening-day record of $44.2 million, the seventh and final book of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is released. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sets its own record, selling $8.3 million copies during its first day on the shelves.

August 2007: Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th home run. Later that year, he was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for earlier grand jury testimony in the government’s steroid investigation. The perjury charges were dropped, and his conviction of obstruction of justice was overturned in 2015.

September 2007: Whoopi Goldberg takes over the seat Rosie O’Donnell left empty upon her departure from The View earlier in May.

October 2007: After hosting 6,586 episodes of The Price Is Right, Bob Barker retires at the age of 83. Drew Carey takes over the microphone and the show’s signature catchphrase, “Come on down!”

November 2007: The Writers Guild of America goes on strike, causing thousands of layoffs and halting production of all network scripted series. Later in the month, 68 years after the release of The Wizard of Oz, seven of the actors who played Munchkins receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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December 2007: After going their separate ways in 2000, the Spice Girls launch their reunion tour in Vancouver, Canada. This nostalgia-filled extravaganza comes 3 weeks after the launch of their Greatest Hits album.

Were you an early adopter of the iPhone? Or did you hold on to your Blackberry for several more years?
What were you doing with your life 10 years ago? What are you nostalgic about when you think of the early 2000’s? 




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