Historical Events in December 2012

  • Dec 1 8 people are killed and 36 injured after a bus overturns in Bolivia
  • Dec 1 Enrique Peña Nieto sworn in as President of Mexico
  • Dec 1 Ukranian Anna Ushenina wins the Women's World Chess Championship 2012
  • Dec 1 21st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 32-28
  • Dec 1 8th ACC Championship Game: #13 Florida State beats Georgia Tech, 21-15
  • Dec 2 9 people are killed after 30 cars are trapped in Sasago Tunnel, Japan
  • Dec 2 Borut Pahor is elected President of Slovenia
  • Dec 2 Pier Luigi Bersani is elected Italian Prime Minister
  • Dec 4 29 people are killed by a mortar attack in Bteeha, Syria
  • Dec 4 Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines killing at least 81 people
  • Dec 5 8 people are killed and 12 injured by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in South Korea
  • Dec 5 In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne cuts the UK growth forecast for 2013 to 1.2% from the 2% forecast in the budget
  • Dec 6 7 people are killed and 770 injured during Egyptian protests
  • Dec 6 Typhoon Bopha’s death toll rise to 418 with 318 missing and 179,000 displaced
  • Dec 6 A 243 million year old Nyasasaurus fossil is discovered in Tanzania
  • Dec 8 UN climate conference agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020
  • Dec 9 13 people are killed and 10 are injured after a bus rolls of a cliff and falls 100 meters in Taiwan
  • Dec 9 6 people are killed and 41 are injured after a bus plunges 30 metres down a gorge in Guatemala
  • Dec 9 Incumbent Ghanaian president John Mahama wins the general election amidst allegations of fraud
  • Dec 9 The Social Liberal Union Party and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta win by a landslide in the parliamentary elections

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Dec 9 Juan Manuel Márquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao in round six for the WBO light welterweight title

  • Dec 10 Google begins selling US$99 laptops
  • Dec 10 11 people are killed and 23 are injured after a bus falls into a roadside pond in Minquan County, China
  • Dec 10 9 people are killed and 32 are wounded after a bus falls of a 300 meter cliff in Columbia
  • Dec 10 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov’s 13-year Elo rating record
  • Dec 10 Japan is again in recession as the GDP figures for the second quarter of 2012 are revised to show a contraction of 0.03% and the third quarter figures fall by a further 0.9%
  • Dec 10 78th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (QB) (first freshman to win the award)
  • Dec 11 125 people are killed and 200 are injured by bombings in Aqrab, Syria
  • Dec 11 HSBC bank settles with US authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering

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Dec 11 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Dec 13 A car bombing in Qatana, outside Damascus, kills 16 people and injures 12
  • Dec 13 Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute
  • Dec 14 28 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
  • Dec 14 Australian Joel Parkinson wins the 2012 ASP World Tour
  • Dec 14 Gene Wolfe wins the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award
  • Dec 15 18 Asylum seekers drown in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece from Turkey
  • Dec 16 4 people are killed after Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji
  • Dec 16 Corinthians defeat Chelsea 1-0 to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup
  • Dec 16 A gang rape of a woman on a bus in India that resulted in her death leads to national and international outrage
  • Dec 17 Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old
  • Dec 17 17 people are killed and 70 are injured by a blast in a market in the Khyber Agency, Pakistan
  • Dec 17 10 girls collecting firewood are killed by a mine blast in east Afghanistan
  • Dec 17 18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin
  • Dec 17 NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field
  • Dec 18 4 people are killed and 11 are injured after an apartment block collapses in Palermo, Italy
  • Dec 18 6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan
  • Dec 18 The Seleka rebel coalition kills 15 people during its capture of Bria, the Central African Republic
  • Dec 19 UBS bank is fined $1.5 billion for its role in manipulating the Libor rate
  • Dec 19 Park Geun-hye wins the South Korean presidential election to become the nation’s first female president
  • Dec 20 Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities
  • Dec 20 Intercontinental Exchange purchases the New York Stock Exchange, the largest in the world, for $8 billion
  • Dec 21 39 people are killed in violent clashes in Kenya
  • Dec 21 The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date 13.0.0.0.0
  • Dec 21 "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube
  • Dec 21 The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 brining the total number of cancelled games to 625
  • Dec 22 6 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus
  • Dec 22 8 people are killed by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Dec 22 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 23 200 civilians are killed by Syrian government warplanes in Helfaya, Syria
  • Dec 23 The Seleka rebel coalition takes over Bambari, the third largest town in the Central African Republic
  • Dec 24 11 kindergarten children are killed after a minivan plunges into a roadside pond in Jiangxi, China
  • Dec 25 27 people are killed after an Antonov An-72 plane crashes near Shymkent, Kazakhstan
  • Dec 25 8 people are killed and thousands left homeless after two fires strike Manila, Philippines
  • Dec 26 China opens the world’s longest high speed rail route from Beijing to Guangzhou
  • Dec 27 NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025
  • Dec 28 13 people are killed and 19 are injured after a bus plunges into a river in western Nepal

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Dec 28 Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Dec 29 200 people are executed by the Syrian army in Homs
  • Dec 29 21 security personnel are killed by Pakistani Taliban near Peshawar
  • Dec 29 5 people are killed in a Tupolev Tu-204 plane crash in Moscow
  • Dec 30 19 people are killed by a suicide bomber in Balochistan, Pakistan
  • Dec 30 9 people are killed and 26 are injured in a tour bus crash off interstate 84, Oregon, US
  • Dec 30 The opening of Line 6 of the Beijing subway makes it the longest metro network in the world at 442km