Historical Events in 2012 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 737

  • May 11 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • May 12 The discovery of a missing Mayan calendar piece disproves 2012 Armageddon
  • May 13 49 dismembered bodies are found on a Mexican highway as part of the Mexican drug war
  • May 13 Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people
  • May 13 Manchester City win the English Premier League for the first time
  • May 14 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons agree to end mass hunger strike
  • May 14 Stanford University scientists develop prototype bionic eye
  • May 15 Eurozone economy narrowly avoids recession
  • May 15 Greece's fifth attempt to a form a coalition government fails and new June elections are scheduled
  • May 19 137th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94
  • May 19 20th UEFA Champions League Final: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich (1-1, 4-3 on penalties) at Munich
  • May 20 6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy
  • May 20 Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 20 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • May 21 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana'a, Yemen
  • May 21 13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania
  • May 22 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India
  • May 22 Philip Philips is crowned the eleventh American Idol
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix Coyotes, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province
  • May 25 A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station
  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7

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May 26 Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 26 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing "Euphoria" in Baku
  • May 27 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532 (269.934 km/h)
  • May 27 65th Cannes Film Festival: "Amour" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 27 58th British Academy Television Awards: "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" Best Comedy, "The Fades" Best Drama
  • May 29 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear
  • May 29 Facebook's problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches
  • May 29 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills 24 people near Bologna, northern Italy
  • May 29 Indonesian police make the biggest drug bust in ten years after seizing over a million ecstasy pills valued at $45 million
  • May 30 A number of nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre
  • May 30 Vishwanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship
  • May 31 Egypt formally ends its 31 year state of emergency
  • Jun 1 New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana pitches a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Jun 3 Suicide car bombing kills 15 and inures 42 people in Bauchi, Nigeria
  • Jun 3 Plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, kills all 152 passengers and 40 people on the ground

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 3 Tiger Woods' 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus's record

  • Jun 4 US drone attack kills 15 militants in Pakistan, including high ranking al-Qaeda official, Abu Yahya al-Libi
  • Jun 4 Car bomb kills 26 and injures 190 people in central Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jun 4 Japan's stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983
  • Jun 4 Wedding party bus crashes killing 23 and injuring 60 people in Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Jun 5 American gubernatorial recall election is held in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker wins and becomes the first governor to survive a recall election.
  • Jun 6 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs - last transit of 21st century
  • Jun 6 The Solar Impulse completes the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 6 46th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Luke Bryan wins

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Jun 7 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays were first performed, were found under a pub in London

  • Jun 7 Credit rating agency Fitch downgrades Spain's credit rating to BBB in the wake of international bailout speculation
  • Jun 7 A bus falls into a ravine in La Paz, Bolivia, killing 16 and injuring 32 people
  • Jun 8 A bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18 and injures 35 people
  • Jun 9 Burma (Myanmar) riots kill 20 people and burn down 300 houses
  • Jun 9 It is announced that up to $125 million dollars in loans will be given to aid Spain's struggling banks
  • Jun 9 144th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Union Rags wins in 2:30.42
  • Jun 10 A Helicopter crash near Nairobi, Kenya, kills five people, including George Saitoti, a Kenyan cabinet minister
  • Jun 10 58th LPGA Championship won by Shanshan Feng
  • Jun 10 66th Tony Awards: Once & Clybourne Park win
  • Jun 11 Five people are killed after an ambulance hits a roadside bomb in Afghanistan
  • Jun 11 23 people are killed after two villages are attacked in northern Nigeria
  • Jun 11 The Nobel Prize is reduced by 20% to prevent any future undermining of capital
  • Jun 11 Two earthquakes in Afghanistan trigger landslides that kill more than 80 people
  • Jun 11 Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings defeat New Jersey Devils in 6 games

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 111th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jun 11 111th Women's French Open: Maria Sharapova beats Sara Errani (6-3, 6-2)
  • Jun 12 An Australian coroner's report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980
  • Jun 12 The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created
  • Jun 12 World Health Organization concludes that diesel exhaust causes cancer
  • Jun 13 A series of bombings across Iraq kill 93 and wound 300 people
  • Jun 13 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 13 "The Amazing Spider-Man" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

Actress Emma Stone
Actress
Emma Stone
  • Jun 14 An explosion at an Indian steel plant kills 11 people and severely injures 16
  • Jun 14 The world's first stem-cell assisted vein transplant is undertaken by Swedish doctors on a 10 year old girl
  • Jun 15 Apple I computer sells for a record $374,500
  • Jun 15 Five Dutch banks, including ING, receive credit rating downgrades of one or two notches
  • Jun 16 32 people are killed by a car bomb in Baghdad
  • Jun 16 Coca-Cola begins business in Myanmar after 60 years
  • Jun 16 A collapse of a stage at a Toronto Radiohead concert kills one person
  • Jun 16 30 people are killed and 15 injured after a bus falls into a gorge in Osmanabad, India
  • Jun 17 France's Socialist Party wins a majority in the legislative election
  • Jun 17 Greek voters return to the polls after the failed May 6 election
  • Jun 17 American golfer, Webb Simpson, wins the US Open
  • Jun 17 112th US Golf Open: Webb Simpson shoots a 281 at Olympic Club CA
  • Jun 18 15 people are killed and 40 injured in a suicide attack in Baquba, Iraq
  • Jun 18 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards: Community wins Best Comedy Series, Homeland wins Best Drama Series
  • Jun 19 A man is beheaded for witchcraft and sorcery in Saudi Arabia
  • Jun 19 Antonis Samaras, the leader of the New Democracy party in Greece, forms a coalition government
  • Jun 20 Western Libyan tribal clashes kill 105 people and injure 500
  • Jun 20 A Syrian fighter pilot lands in Jordan and defects from the Syrian uprising
  • Jun 21 Moody's downgrades 15 major banks in the UK, US, Canada and Europe
  • Jun 21 A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued
  • Jun 21 Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to one
  • Jun 21 66th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 22 Two Baghdad market bombings kill 14 people and injure 106
  • Jun 23 Greece proposes to slow down austerity measures by two years
  • Jun 23 A coach crashes in Croatia killing 8 Czech tourists and injuring 44
  • Jun 23 76 monks are hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees
  • Jun 24 Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood becomes President of Egypt
  • Jun 24 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
  • Jun 25 33 Syrian army officers defect to Turkey
  • Jun 26 Animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift", directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Buenos Aires
  • Jun 28 A series of car bombs in Iraq kills 14 and injures 50 people
  • Jun 29 16 Naxalite Maoist insurgents in India are killed by police
  • Jun 29 Three bombs in Balid, Iraq, kill 6 people and injure 45
  • Jun 29 15,000 Japanese anti-nuclear protesters blockade the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo
  • Jun 30 30 people attending a funeral in Zamalka, Syria, are killed on a day that saw 83 civilian deaths
  • Jun 30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • Jun 30 Mohamed Morsi is sworn in as President of Egypt
  • Jul 1 17 people are killed and 45 injured in an attack on two churches in Garissa, Kenya
  • Jul 1 UEFA European Championship: Spain crush Italy 4-0 in Kiev
  • Jul 2 GlaxoSmithKline settles the largest healthcare fraud case in history for US$3 Billion
  • Jul 2 Monsoon rain in East India kills at least 79 people and leaves 2.2 million homeless
  • Jul 3 Truck bombing kills 25 people and wounds 40 in Diwaniyah, Iraq
  • Jul 3 Antonio Esfandiari wins a record $18.3 million in poker after winning the 2012 World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Buy-In
  • Jul 4 Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson
  • Jul 5 The Shard, the tallest building in Europe, is opened in London, at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)
  • Jul 5 South Korea announce plans to begin "scientific' whaling of minke whales
  • Jul 5 Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party is elected President of Mexico after a recount following irregularities
  • Jul 6 Gunmen kill 18 people in Turbat, Pakistan
  • Jul 7 Floods in the Krasnodar region, Russia, kill 140 people
  • Jul 8 Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province
  • Jul 8 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Pe
  • Jul 8 119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2)
  • Jul 8 126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4)
  • Jul 10 The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages
  • Jul 10 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  • Jul 11 Police academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana'a, Yemen
  • Jul 11 S/2012 P 1, the fifth moon of Pluto is discovered

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 11 20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

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Jul 11 Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jul 12 200 people are killed by the Syrian army in Tremseh
  • Jul 12 90-155 people are killed after an oil tanker crashes and explodes in Okogbe, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Jul 12 45th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 13 China's economic growth drops to 7.6%, its lowest level for three years
  • Jul 13 19-30 people are killed after a train collides with a truck in Malelane, South Africa
  • Jul 13 Financially troubled Scottish football club, Rangers, is voted into the third division
  • Jul 14 Suicide bomber attacks a wedding reception and kills 22 people and inures 22 in northern Afghanistan
  • Jul 14 Floods on the Japanese island of Kyushu kill 20 and displace 250,000
  • Jul 15 39 pilgrims are killed in a bus crash in Parasi, Nepal
  • Jul 15 A Russian Soyuz rocket with an international team launches for a mission to the International Space Station

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 16 "The Dark Knight Rises", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premieres in New York

  • Jul 17 17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 18 6 Israeli tourists are killed and 30 injured after a bomb explodes on a tourist bus at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria
  • Jul 18 14 people are killed after a bomb explosion at Pakistan's Orakzai Agency
  • Jul 18 Violence across Syria results in 97 deaths
  • Jul 18 Syrian suicide bombing kills three high profile government officials, including Syria's Minister of Defence
  • Jul 18 24 people are killed after a ferry sinks off the coast of Zanzibar

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Jul 18 Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • Jul 20 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado,
  • Jul 20 21 people are killed and 29 injured in a bus accident in Nayarit, Mexico
  • Jul 22 Car bombs kills 20 people and injures 80 in Madaen and Najaf, Iraq
  • Jul 22 At least 77 people are killed by torrential rain in Beijing, China
  • Jul 22 Pranab Mukherjee is elected President of India
  • Jul 22 141st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 273 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Jul 22 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
  • Jul 23 A series of attacks across Iraq kill 103 people
  • Jul 24 Four barrels containing 248 human fetuses are found in Sverdlovsk, Russia
  • Jul 24 John Dramani becomes President of Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills
  • Jul 25 Italy's credit rating is downgraded to CCC+ by Egan-Jones
  • Jul 25 Ivica Dačić is sworn in as Prime Minister of Serbia
  • Jul 25 The 2012 Summer Olympics begin (Opening ceremony 27th)
  • Jul 25 The UK economy returns to recession with a fall of 0.2% in GDP in the first quarter of 2012 following a fall of 0.3% in the last quarter of 2011
  • Jul 25 The double dip recession in the UK economy continues with a fall of 0.7% in GDP in the second quarter of 2012
  • Jul 26 At least 200 people are killed in a day of violence in Syria
  • Jul 26 Insurgent attack kills 19 people and destroys a helicopter at Baqubah, Iraq
  • Jul 26 North Korea is hit by Tropical Storm Khanun, killing 88 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless

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Jul 27 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jul 28 18 people are killed and 11 injured in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia
  • Jul 28 Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley in 4:28.43
  • Jul 29 Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea
  • Jul 30 Train fire kills 32 and injures 27 people in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Jul 30 Indian power grid failure leaves over 300 million without electricity
  • Jul 31 Two car bombs kill 21 people in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jul 31 A second power grid failure in two days leaves 670 million people in India without power
  • Aug 1 Typhoon Saola kills 82 people and displaces over 150,000 in the Philippines, Taiwan and China
  • Aug 1 8 Women's badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 summer Olympics for "not using one's best efforts to win a match"
  • Aug 2 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Aug 3 United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria
  • Aug 4 45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen
  • Aug 4 South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee to compete at the Olympics
  • Aug 5 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • Aug 5 19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk
  • Aug 5 General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United
  • Aug 6 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century
  • Aug 7 21 people are killed by a gun attack in a church in Okene, Nigeria
  • Aug 7 Heavy rain forces 20,000 people to flee their homes in Manila, Phillipines
  • Aug 7 200,000 people are evacuated from Shanghai in anticipation of Typhoon Haikui
  • Aug 8 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • Aug 8 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • Aug 9 The death toll from the Philippines' floods rise to 70

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Aug 9 Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 11 153 people are killed and 1300 injured in Tabriz and Ahar, Iran after two earthquakes of up to 6.4 magnitude
  • Aug 11 13 people are killed and 15 injured by a lightning strike at a Mosque in Bangladesh
  • Aug 12 94th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 275 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Aug 12 30th Olympic Games closes at London, United Kingdom
  • Aug 13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test
  • Aug 14 46 people are killed and 80 injured after a series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan
  • Aug 14 Hungary falls back into recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012 following a fall of 1.0% in the first quarter
  • Aug 15 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)

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Aug 16 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange