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10 Unforgettable Pop Culture Moments You Won't Believe Are Turning 10 This Year

Some things will stick with us forever.

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1. Britney Spears shaved her head.

On Feb. 16, Britney walked into a salon in Tarzana, California, and proceeded to shave off all her hair, while paparazzi watched in shock. This was the beginning of what many called a "breakdown" for the pop star. Bald Brit was later spotted attacking a photographer's car with an umbrella at a gas station.

These incidents and more sparked the infamous quote "If Britney Spears can make it through 2007, then I can make it through today."

2. The Sopranos series finale ended in the weirdest way.

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After six glorious seasons, everyone's favorite fictional New Jersey mobsters concluded their series in a way that left audiences saying, "WTF!" It was the blackout seen around the world, as the show's writers decided the perfect ending would include the everyone's television screens fading to black and a cliffhanger that fans would never forget.

3. Judd Apatow literally took over the box office!

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He released two hit films in the same damn year! Superbad and Knocked Up became instant classics overnight — and quotes from the films are still making us laugh to this day. He would later go on to make more cult classics like Bridesmaids and Step Brothers.

4. Lindsay Lohan went to jail for less than two hours.

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No one can tell Lindsay she didn't have the time of her life the year she turned 21. It was filled with endless parties in New York and Los Angeles, a DUI in July, multiple stints in rehab, and ultimately, a stint in jail for less than two hours on Nov. 15.


5. Don Imus called Rutgers University's women's basketball team "nappy-headed hoes and jigaboos."

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The popular radio host really put his foot in his mouth when he decided to speak out on the appearance of the Rutgers University women's basketball team. His racial slurs invoked outrage across the campus and in the media. Basically, all hell broke loose.

6. The original Harry Potter book series came to an end.

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The world was flipped upside down when J.K. Rowling introduced readers and viewers to Harry Potter, Hogwarts, and magic. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of the original series, was released this year. Fans were then given a two-part movie release in 2010. Despite the original series ending, the characters will live on forever.

7. Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in county jail.

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After violating probation — a result from an alcohol-related driving incident — a judge sent the heiress to jail for 45 days.

That's so not hot!

8. Anna Nicole Smith died.

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The woman lived a full life, filled with laughter and adventure. Not only was she Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1993, but Anna was also a fashion model for brands like H&M, Guess, and Lane Bryant.

On Feb. 8, Anna was found dead on the floor of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It was later ruled that her death was due to "combined drug intoxication" and was classified as an "accidental drug overdose."


9. Teen dramas reigned supreme.

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As fans prepared to say farewell to the West Coast drama on The O.C., they were also introduced to new teen angst brewing on the East Coast. Gossip Girl premiered and had viewers on a wild goose chase trying to figure out who the person was behind those secret messages — kind of like Pretty Little Liars.

The series was filled with love, lust, betrayal, drugs, and really hot actors playing high school students.


10. Miss Teen USA and "the Iraq."

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Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina at the time, was participating in the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant and stumbled on a question that will forever go down in pageant history.

Question: "Why do you think one-fifth of Americans can't locate the United States on a world map?"

Her answer: "I personally believe US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps, and I believe that our education, such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as — I believe our education over here in the US should help the US, I mean should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future."


2007 Week is a week of content that celebrates the iconic music hits, tabloid-fixture stars, crazy movie & TV moments, ~trendy styles~, and much more that made the year SO important for pop culture. Take a step back in time and check out more great 2007 content here. It's what Lindsay Lohan would want!