2012 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 583

  • Apr 11 South Korean legislative elections result in the governing Saenuri Party retaining governance
  • Apr 11 Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, resigns and calls an election for May 6

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Apr 11 Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
  • Apr 12 A ceasefire in the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising comes into effect
  • Apr 12 Bodleian, Oxford University and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet
  • Apr 12 Civilian rule in Mali is returned after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president
  • Apr 13 North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch

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Apr 14 J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website "Pottermore"

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Apr 15 400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack
  • Apr 15 China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
  • Apr 15 US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated
  • Apr 16 At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire
  • Apr 16 For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction
  • Apr 17 St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book (8th century), purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds
  • Apr 18 The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts
  • Apr 20 Plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, kills 127 people
  • Apr 20 40 people are killed and 27 injured after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in Alamo, Mexico
  • Apr 21 Two trains in Sloterdijk, Netherlands, injure 117 people in a head on collision
  • Apr 23 Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, tenders resignation, paving the way for early elections
  • Apr 23 Rangers F.C. owner, Craig Whyte, is banned for life from any involvement in Scottish football
  • Apr 25 The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012
  • Apr 26 70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama
  • Apr 26 Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
  • Apr 27 Four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, kill 27 people
  • Apr 28 Tent collapse in St Louis, Missouri, kills one and injures 110 people
  • Apr 29 International Chemical Weapons Convention deadline for chemical weapon stockpiles comes into effect
  • Apr 30 The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York
  • Apr 30 Spain's economy double dips after a 0.3% contraction and 25% unemployment rate
  • Apr 30 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people
  • May 1 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal

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May 2 'The Scream', by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (a pastel version) sells at auction for $119,922,500

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • May 4 14 decapitated bodies and 9 hung from a bridge are found in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
  • May 5 Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970
  • May 5 17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 6 François Hollande elected the 24th President of France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • May 6 Greek parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures
  • May 7 NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province

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May 7 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • May 7 Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth

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May 8 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin

Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • May 9 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
  • May 9 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

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May 9 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 10 The Red Cross suspends all humanitarian work in Pakistan after a worker was kidnapped and killed
  • May 10 Two bombings in Damascus, Syria, kill 55 people and injure 370
  • May 11 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • May 12 The discovery of a missing Mayan calender 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 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 20 6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy
  • May 20 Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia
  • 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 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 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 27 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • 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 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
  • 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

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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 10 A Helicopter crash near Nairobi, Kenya, kills five people, including George Saitoti, a Kenyan cabinet minister
  • 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 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 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

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Divorces in History

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 200 of 227

  • Mar 17 John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 17 Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88
  • Mar 17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 18 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • Mar 19 William Charette, American navy hospital corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 79
  • Mar 20 Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
  • Mar 23 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • Mar 24 Jocky Wilson, Scottish world champion darts player, dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Mar 27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • Mar 27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • Mar 28 John Arden, English novelist/playwright, dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • Apr 2 Elizabeth Catlett, American-born Mexican artist, dies at 96
  • Apr 5 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer, dies at 76
  • Apr 6 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76
  • Apr 6 Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78
  • Apr 6 Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54

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Apr 7 Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • Apr 8 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83
  • Apr 10 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • Apr 11 Ahmed Ben Bella, First president of Algeria, dies at 93
  • Apr 16 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98
  • Apr 21 Charles Colson, Nixon adviser (Watergate), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • Apr 29 Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
  • Apr 29 Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83
  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author/illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

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May 9 Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
  • May 10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot, dies at 102
  • May 10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author, dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • May 16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • May 20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60
  • May 22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • May 23 Joseph Lesniewski, soldier (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), dies at 91
  • May 23 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • May 25 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • May 30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • Jun 5 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • Jun 5 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • Jun 7 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist, dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Norman F Lent, American republican Congressman, dies from cancer at 81

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Jun 12 Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Jun 13 William S. Knowles, American chemist and Nobel laureate, dies from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 95

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Jun 17 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Jun 20 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • Jun 24 Lonesome George, Pinta giant tortoise and rarest creature in the world, dies at c. 100
  • Jun 30 Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 96
  • Jul 6 Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85
  • Jul 9 Terepai Maoate, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, dies from prostate cancer at 78
  • Jul 14 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier, dies at 83
  • Jul 17 William Raspberry, American journalist, dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Omar Suleiman, Egyptian general and intelligence officer, dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 21 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • Jul 22 George A. Miller, American psychologist, dies at 92

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 23 Sally Ride, American astronaut and 1st American woman in space, dies of pancreatic cancer at 61

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Jul 24 John Atta Mills, Ghanaian President, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Robert Ledley, American physiologist, biophysicist, and radiologist, dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Franz West, Austrian artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 30 Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist, dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Gore Vidal, American author, dies from pneumonia at 86
  • Aug 6 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • Aug 6 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • Aug 15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, American director, commits suicide at 68
  • Aug 20 Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 20 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96
  • Aug 21 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Aug 22 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87
  • Aug 23 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • Aug 24 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76

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Aug 25 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Aug 28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44
  • Sep 1 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister, dies from a brain tumour
  • Sep 3 Sun Myung Moon, Korean evangelist, dies at 92
  • Sep 6 Art Modell [Arthur], American businessman, dies from heart failure at 87
  • Sep 8 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • Sep 9 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • Sep 9 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer, dies from kidney failure at 90
  • Sep 14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican poet, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Sep 17 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist, dies at 92
  • Oct 1 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • Oct 5 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • Oct 6 Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian president, dies from cancer at 83
  • Oct 9 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • Oct 10 Kyaw Zaw, Burmese politician and soldier, dies at 92

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 15 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • Oct 17 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Oct 21 George McGovern, US Politician, dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Yash Chopra, Indian director, dies from dengue fever and multiple organ failure at 80
  • Oct 22 Russell Means, Native American activist, dies from esophageal cancer at 72
  • Oct 22 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, dies at 89
  • Oct 25 Jacques Barzun, French author, dies at 104
  • Oct 28 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • Nov 5 Charles V Bush, African-American pioneer, dies from colon cancer at 72