Historical Events in 2012 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 736

  • Aug 16 113 people are killed and over 200 wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq
  • Aug 16 South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people
  • Aug 17 Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are jailed for two years
  • Aug 17 Gay pride events are banned for a century in Moscow
  • Aug 18 Al-Qaeda militants kill 14 people in an attack in Aden, Yemen
  • Aug 18 NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan
  • Aug 19 32 people are killed after a plane crash in Talodi, Sudan
  • Aug 20 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Aug 20 South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England
  • Aug 21 20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus
  • Aug 22 47 people are killed in the Syrian civil war
  • Aug 22 48 people are killed in Kenyan tribal wars between the Pokomo and Orma
  • Aug 22 Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization
  • Aug 23 Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia
  • Aug 23 At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India
  • Aug 24 Monsoon rains and floods kill 26 people in Pakistan
  • Aug 24 Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
  • Aug 24 Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court
  • Aug 24 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
  • Aug 25 330 people are killed as a result of conflict in the Syrian civil war
  • Aug 25 85,000 people are displaced by severe floods in Myanmar
  • Aug 25 39 people are killed and 80 are injured after a gas leak in North Venezuelan refinery
  • Aug 25 Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977)
  • Aug 26 17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization
  • Aug 26 36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China
  • Aug 26 A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 26 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • Aug 27 First interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 28 Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the United States Republican Party's candidate

Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • Aug 29 Georgian hostage crisis results in 3 police officers and 10 militants being killed
  • Aug 29 Operation Eagle, undertaken by the Egyptian Army, results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23
  • Aug 29 Banana Spider venom is found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Aug 29 69th Venice Film Festival: "Pieta" directed by Kim Ki-duk wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 Cholera outbreak kills 229 people in Sierra Leone
  • Aug 30 A blast in the in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Aug 31 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 31 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

  • Sep 1 Two suicide bombings kill 12 people and wound 50 in a NATO base in Afghanistan's Sayed Abad district
  • Sep 1 US drone strike kills 5 people in North Waristan, Pakistan
  • Sep 1 Islamist rebels seize Douentza, Mali
  • Sep 1 Grenade injures 41 festival celebrants in Paquibato, Philippines
  • Sep 2 15 people are killed by a car bomb attack at a refugee camp in Sbeineh, Palestine
  • Sep 2 A decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters is lifted from State television in Egypt
  • Sep 3 New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan
  • Sep 3 3 people are killed and 19 wounded by a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Sep 3 Typhoon Bolaven kills 48 people in North Korea
  • Sep 4 25 people are killed at a funeral suicide bombing in Nangarhar, Pakistan
  • Sep 4 42 people are killed and 25 injured as a passenger bus falls down a ravine in Morocco
  • Sep 4 Pauline Marois becomes the first female premier of Quebec
  • Sep 4 Carpet that can help prevent falls in elderly by warning them after detecting unusual footsteps is developed
  • Sep 5 54 people are killed and 50 injured after a firecracker factory explodes in Nadu
  • Sep 5 Austerity measure requires Greece to increase its maximum working days to six per week
  • Sep 5 25 are killed and 4 wounded after an ammunition store exploded in Afyon, Turkey
  • Sep 6 61 illegal immigrants die after a fishing boat capsizes off the coast of Turkey

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Sep 6 Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for US President

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 6 29th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown win

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Singer Rihanna
  • Sep 7 US drone attack kills 8 people in Kismayo, south Somalia
  • Sep 7 64 people are killed and 715 injured after a series of earthquakes in south-west China
  • Sep 7 Canada closes its Iranian embassy and expels Iranian diplomatic staff out of Canada
  • Sep 8 6 people are killed by a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Sep 8 8 people are killed after a tractor is hit by a train in Romania
  • Sep 9 17 people are killed and at least 40 injured after two car bombs explode in Aleppo, Syria
  • Sep 9 100 people are killed and 350 injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
  • Sep 9 Armenia wins the 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad
  • Sep 10 16 people are killed by a suicide bombing n Kunduz, Afghanistan
  • Sep 10 Teachers in Chicago strike effecting 350,000 students
  • Sep 10 10,000 miners demonstrate at Lonmin mines in Marikana, South Africa
  • Sep 10 29 people are killed by floods and heavy rain in Vietnam
  • Sep 10 A left over bazooka grenade in Cambodia explodes and kills three children

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 132nd Men's U.S. Open: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković (7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 132nd Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka (6-2, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 11 50 Al-Shabaab fighters are killed in conflict with the Somali National Army
  • Sep 11 The US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is stormed, looted and burned down, killing five people, including the US ambassador
  • Sep 11 The US is warned by Moody's that its AAA credit rating is at risk if lawmakers fail to produce a long-term debt reduction plan
  • Sep 11 29 people are killed and 11 injured after a bus runs off a mountain highway in Nepal
  • Sep 11 Japan nationalizes three of the disputed Senkaku Islands
  • Sep 12 18 soldiers are killed by a rebel car bomb in Syria
  • Sep 12 314 people are killed in factory fire in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sep 12 Apple unveils its iPhone 5 and iOS 6
  • Sep 12 Excavators announce that they may have found the remains of King Richard III of England under a carpark in Leicester
  • Sep 13 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
  • Sep 13 33,000 people are evacuated after Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls for Russian punk band Pussy Riot to be freed

Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev
  • Sep 13 Dr Mustafa Abushagur is elected as Prime Minister of Libya
  • Sep 14 21 people are killed after a ferry sank in Indonesia
  • Sep 15 Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s
  • Sep 16 8 female civilians are killed by a NATO airstrike in Laghman, Afghanistan
  • Sep 16 8 police officers are killed by a roadside bombing by Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in Turkey
  • Sep 16 14 people are killed and 7 wounded by a roadside bomb Jandol, Turkey
  • Sep 16 Anti-Japanese protesters set fire to Panasonic plant in Qingdao, China
  • Sep 16 Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, seeks a court order to resolve a week long teachers strike
  • Sep 16 NHL locks out its players after the expiry of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Sep 16 37th Toronto International Film Festival: "Silver Linings Playbook" directed by David O. Russell wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 Panasonic suspends operations at its three factories in China
  • Sep 17 China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands
  • Sep 17 13 people are killed in a bus accident in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Swedish forensic scientists find no conclusive evidence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's DNA in a torn condom

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
  • Sep 17 United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan
  • Sep 18 10 soliders are killed and 70 injured by a missile attack by Kurdish militants in Bingol, Turkey
  • Sep 18 26 people are killed in a fire in a Pemex gas facility in Reynosa, Mexico
  • Sep 18 The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reach a deal that ends an 8-day strike.
  • Sep 18 World's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant undertaken at the University of Gothenburg
  • Sep 19 9 people are killed and 20 wounded by a car bombing in Peshawar, Afghanistan
  • Sep 20 50 people are killed and dozens injured after a gas station is bombed by the Syrian Army in Ain Issa
  • Sep 20 14 people are killed in a cafe suicide bominbg in Somalia
  • Sep 20 AU Optronics fined $500 million for a LCD screen price-fixing
  • Sep 21 Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, wins a leadership ballot
  • Sep 22 7 pedestrians are killed by a drunk driver who hit a bus stop at 200km an hour in Moscow
  • Sep 23 Iran blocks the use of Google as a search engine
  • Sep 23 20 Iranian US Visas are denied, including diplomats and two ministers, ahead of the UN general assembly meeting in New York
  • Sep 23 Scientists discover four genetically distinct types of breast cancer

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 23 64th Emmy Awards: "Homeland", "Modern Family", Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win

Actress Claire Danes
Claire Danes
  • Sep 24 Books by Japanese authors or about Japan are suspended by Chinese bookstores
  • Sep 25 50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands
  • Sep 25 Anouchka van Miltenburg is elected President of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands
  • Sep 26 Syrian army massacres 40 civilians in Thiabieh, Damascus
  • Sep 26 Greek trade unions call a general strike to protest austerity measures
  • Sep 26 Japanese automakers suspend operations in China
  • Sep 27 UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands
  • Sep 27 The Mars Curiosity rover discovers what evidence of a fast-moving streambed-in Mars
  • Sep 27 The 2004 Japanese discovery of the 133th element has been confirmed
  • Sep 28 Aircraft crash kills 16 people in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sep 28 Nigeria suspends flights to Saudi Arabia after hundreds of Nigerian women travelled without a male escort
  • Sep 30 Two opposition Venezuelan politicians are shot dead a week before the presidential election
  • Sep 30 Car bomb blasts kill at least 32 people across Iraq
  • Sep 30 Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL Grand Final
  • Sep 30 39th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 14.5-13.5 at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, U.S
  • Oct 1 3 NATO soldiers and 16 Afghan police are killed by a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan
  • Oct 1 36 people are killed in a ferry collision in Hong Kong
  • Oct 1 California becomes the first US state to ban conversion therapy for minors
  • Oct 2 20 students are gunned down in Mubi, Nigeria
  • Oct 2 10 people are killed after a minibus and truck collide in Ilocos Norte, Philippines
  • Oct 3 34 people are killed by a series of bombings in Aleppo, Syria
  • Oct 4 Turkey’s parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria
  • Oct 4 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China
  • Oct 4 Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Formula One legend Michael Schumacher retires

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 5 Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's butler, is found guilty of leaking confidential documents and is sentenced to 18 months imprisonment

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Oct 6 The Leeds Rhinos defeat the Warrington Wolves 26-18 to win the 2012 Super League grand final
  • Oct 7 13 people are killed after a Sudanese military aeroplane crashes near Khartoum
  • Oct 7 Sébastien Loeb wins the World Rally Championship for the ninth consecutive year
  • Oct 8 35 people are killed by a Nigerian military bomb struck a convoy in Maiduguri

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 8 Hugo Chávez is re-elected as president of Venezuela for a fourth term

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Oct 8 Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on reprogramming end stage cells to become pluripotent

Developmental biologist John B. Gurdon
Developmental biologist
John B. Gurdon
Physician Shinya Yamanaka
Shinya Yamanaka

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 25,000 people in Athens protest against German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Oct 9 Serge Haroche and David Wineland win the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on quantum optics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she tried to board her school bus in Swat district of northwest Pakistan

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka win the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on G protein-coupled receptors

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Robert Lefkowitz
Professor Brian Kobilka
Brian Kobilka
  • Oct 11 A further 83 people are killed throughout Syria by the Syrian army
  • Oct 11 A US appeal court overturns a district court ruling banning the sale of Samsung

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Mo Yan, a hallucinatory realist writer, wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist Mo Yan
Mo Yan
  • Oct 12 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali
  • Oct 12 The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary
  • Oct 13 15 people are killed by a market suicide bombing in Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan
  • Oct 13 Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild sells for $34 million, the highest sold artwork by a living artist
  • Oct 14 20 people are gunned down in a mosque in Dogo Dawa, Nigeria
  • Oct 15 Hilary Mantel wins the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel "Bring Up the Bodies"
  • Oct 16 Conflict in Maiduguri, Nigeria, leads to 24 militant deaths and several structures set ablaze
  • Oct 17 Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri announced (later thought to be a false finding)
  • Oct 17 Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal
  • Oct 17 Tens of thousands protest against austerity measures in Greece
  • Oct 18 Syrian military airstrikes kill 40 people in Maaret al-Numan
  • Oct 18 Google stock trading suspended after premature release of a quarterly report indicating a 20% drop in profits and a 9% fall in share price
  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 19 8 people are killed and 78 injured by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Oct 22 6 Italian scientists are convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake
  • Oct 22 Hurricane Sandy forms in the Western Caribbean Sea
  • Oct 22 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 23 12 people are killed and 40 are injured in a hospital fire in Tainan, Taiwan
  • Oct 23 "Skyfall", 23rd James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem premieres in London
  • Oct 24 Libyan militias capture Bani Walid resulting in 130 civilian deaths
  • Oct 24 3 people are shot dead and two critically wounded after being shot by an unknown gunman in Downey, California
  • Oct 24 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Jamaica killing 1 person and causing over $50 million in damage
  • Oct 25 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Cuba and Haiti killing 65 people and causing over $80 million in damage
  • Oct 25 The double dip recession in the UK economy ends with growth of 1.0% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012, with help from the London Olympic Games
  • Oct 26 64 people are killed in West Burma after continued sectarian clashes
  • Oct 26 41 people are killed and 50 injured by a suicide bombing of a mosque in Maymana, Afghanistan
  • Oct 26 China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao
  • Oct 26 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the Bahamas killing 2 people and causing over $300 million in damage
  • Oct 27 46 people are killed and 123 injured in Iraq after a series of attacks and bombs
  • Oct 27 Thousands demonstrate in Madrid against proposed budget cuts
  • Oct 28 Syrian ceasefire collapses and 128 people are killed in ongoing civil war violence
  • Oct 28 15 people are killed and 33 injured by a series of Baghdad car bombings
  • Oct 28 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 Formula One Indian Grand Prix
  • Oct 28 MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers to win 4-0
  • Oct 28 Pablo Sandoval is named MLB 2012 World Series MVP.
  • Oct 29 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close
  • Oct 29 Publishing companies Penguin and Random House merge to form the world's largest publisher
  • Oct 30 Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion
  • Oct 31 The New York stock exchange opens after being closed for two days after Hurricane Sandy
  • Nov 1 Google's Gmail becomes the world's most popular email service
  • Nov 1 22 people are killed and 111 injured after a fuel tanker explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Nov 1 Yellow fever kills 32 people and sickens 50 more in Darfur, Sudan
  • Nov 1 Acid is poured over a 15 year old girl by her parents after being seen talking to a young man in an "honour killing" in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Nov 1 Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe's first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang
  • Nov 1 2 Iranian fighter jets fire on a US General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone in international air space