Events in History in 2012

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  • Jan 6 A suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus, Syria, killing 26 people and wounding 63
  • Jan 7 Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
  • Jan 9 "Time is Love" single released by Josh Turner (Billboard Song of the Year 2012)
  • Jan 13 Italian cruiseliner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, causing 32 deaths
  • Jan 14 Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq
  • Jan 14 Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote
  • Jan 18 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet
  • Jan 19 FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites
  • Jan 23 European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
  • Jan 28 Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185
  • Feb 1 At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
  • Feb 2 Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
  • Feb 2 MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside)
  • Feb 4 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • Feb 6 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths

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Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Caesar Must Die" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
  • Feb 12 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is re-elected President of Turkmenistan with 97% of the vote
  • Feb 12 Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Feb 15 United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • Feb 15 Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358
  • Feb 17 The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
  • Feb 19 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
  • Feb 20 South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
  • Feb 20 Scientists successfully regenerate the flowering plant, Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
  • Feb 21 Yemeni voters go to the polls for a presidential election where the only candidate on the ballot paper is vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi
  • Feb 22 Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds
  • Feb 23 A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
  • Feb 25 Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama
  • Feb 25 Al Qaeda suicide bombing kills at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen
  • Feb 25 World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries
  • Feb 26 Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • Feb 26 Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario
  • Feb 27 Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor
  • Feb 28 Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral
  • Feb 28 Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall
  • Feb 28 54th Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins (140.256 MPH)
  • Mar 1 Euro zone unemployment reaches historical high of 10.7%
  • Mar 2 Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
  • Mar 2 The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army
  • Mar 2 New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
  • Mar 3 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • Mar 3 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • Mar 4 Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 4 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 4 Over 10,000 illegal Peruvian gold miners clash with police to gain control of Puerto Maldonado
  • Mar 5 27 members of Iraq's security force are killed by gunmen disguised as police in Haditha
  • Mar 5 Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar
  • Mar 6 9,000 residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatens to overflow
  • Mar 8 Greece secures debt-restructuring deal with private lenders

  • Mar 8 Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns
  • Mar 9 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Mar 10 At least 130 rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza
  • Mar 11 US soldier kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan
  • Mar 12 100 people are killed in ethnic clashes and cattle raids in South Sudan
  • Mar 12 45 people, including children, are massacred by the Syrian Army in Homs
  • Mar 12 China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade
  • Mar 13 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
  • Mar 13 Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia
  • Mar 13 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mar 13 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
  • Mar 16 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Mar 17 Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship
  • Mar 17 MESSENGER spacecraft begins its extended mission
  • Mar 18 Joachim Gauck elected President of the Federal republic of Germany by the Federal Assembly
  • Mar 19 Wendy's overtakes Burger King to become the second best selling hamburger chain
  • Mar 20 50 people are killed and 240 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq
  • Mar 21 Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982
  • Mar 21 Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal
  • Mar 22 Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya
  • Mar 22 Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
  • Mar 22 Largest protest in Quebec's history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education
  • Mar 22 Ireland returns to recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011 following a fall of 1.1% in the third quarter
  • Mar 23 African Union suspends Mali's membership following a coup
  • Mar 24 African Union deploys 5,000 strong force with the aim of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony
  • Mar 26 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal

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Mar 27 Danielle Steel’s novel “Betrayal” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Mar 30 Spanish Government cuts 27 billion Euros from its budget in a tough austerity measure
  • Mar 30 Mastercard and Visa announce a massive breach in security with over ten million compromised credit card numbers
  • Mar 30 American Mega Millions lottery hits a world record lottery amount of 640 million dollars
  • Mar 31 Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated
  • Apr 1 Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)
  • Apr 2 Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
  • Apr 3 Spanish unemployment reaches record high, youth unemployment stands at 50%
  • Apr 3 Moscow fire kills 17 migrant workers

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 3 US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination

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

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Apr 4 German Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Apr 4 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, resigns
  • Apr 5 Severe storms in Argentina kill 14 people
  • Apr 5 77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens
  • Apr 5 International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
  • Apr 6 US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
  • Apr 7 Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi
  • Apr 7 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier
  • Apr 8 Günter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai

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Apr 8 Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 10 United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues
  • Apr 10 Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 10 Rick Santorum suspends his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favourite

Politician Mitt Romney
Politician
Mitt Romney
  • Apr 11 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia
  • Apr 11 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer
  • 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
Investor
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
Novelist
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 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
  • May 7 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia
  • 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
  • May 9 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage
  • 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 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 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

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May 25 A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • May 26 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7
  • May 26 Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents
  • 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