December 2012 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Physicist Stephen Hawking
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 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
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Weddings in History

  • Dec 1 Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (32) weds Lauren Anne Birchfield (28) at the Community Church in Corona del Mar, California
  • Dec 1 "The Bachelorette" reality star Ashley Hebert weds J.P. Rosenbaum at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California
  • Dec 21 "Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion (51) weds fine-arts photographer Rubem Robierb (35) at the couple's apartment in Manhattan
  • Dec 25 Marie Osmond's daughter Rachael Osmond (23) weds Gabriel Krueger (22) in Park City, Utah

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 28 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (82) divorces Lois Driggs Cannon due to irreconcilable differences after 23 years of marriage

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Vasily Belov, Russian author, dies at 80
  • Dec 4 Jack Brooks, American politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 4 Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian and world
  • Dec 5 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, dies from a respiratory infection at 104
  • Dec 9 Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89
  • Dec 9 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81
  • Dec 17 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician, dies from respiratory complications at 88
  • Dec 18 Marcus Worsley, British Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, dies at 87
  • Dec 19 Robert Bork, American legal scholar/jurist, dies from heart disease at 85
  • Dec 19 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader, dies from cancer at 68
  • Dec 25 Frank Calabrese Sr [Frankie Breeze], American mafia hitman, dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier, dies at 84
  • Dec 27 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower, dies at 79
  • Dec 27 Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr, US Army General, dies from complications from pneumonia at 78
  • Dec 28 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76
  • Dec 30 Rita Levi-Montalcini, neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 103