Historical Events in October 2012

  • 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 10 people are killed after a minibus and truck collide in Ilocos Norte, Philippines
  • Oct 2 20 students are gunned down in Mubi, Nigeria
  • Oct 3 34 people are killed by a series of bombings in Aleppo, Syria
  • Oct 3 Miguel Cabrera goes 0 for 2 in a 1-0 Tigers win v Royals to end the season as MLB's first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967; leads AL with .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI

Sports History

Oct 3 Star Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first Champions League hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-1 win against Ajax in Amsterdam

  • Oct 4 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China

Sports History

Oct 4 7-time Formula 1 world drivers champion Michael Schumacher of Germany announces his retirement from racing at the end of the season

  • Oct 4 Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections
  • Oct 4 Turkey’s parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria
  • Oct 5 Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa

Sports History

Oct 6 New Zealand wins inaugural Rugby Championship with a 32-16 win over South Africa in Johannesburg; undefeated All Blacks score 4 tries to 1 with Dan Carter booting 3 conversions, a penalty & dropped goal

Historic Event

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

  • 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 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Colombo: Jess Cameron's 45 from 34 balls leads Australia to 142/4; beat England 138/9 to win by 4 runs to retain WC

NFL Record

Oct 7 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a TD pass (48) when he connects with Devery Henderson in Saints 31-24 win over San Diego at the SuperDome

  • 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

Election of Interest

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

Nobel Prize

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

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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

Nobel Prize

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

  • 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

Nobel Prize

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

  • Oct 12 The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary
  • Oct 12 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali
  • 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)

Sports History

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 Google stock trading suspended after premature release of a quarterly report indicating a 20% drop in profits and a 9% fall in share price

Film & TV History

Oct 18 Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are honoured for their work with fashion label The Row at the WSJ Magazine's Innovator Of The Year Awards in New York City

  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 18 Syrian military airstrikes kill 40 people in Maaret al-Numan
  • Oct 19 8 people are killed and 78 injured by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Oct 21 Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the 1st Native American saint by Pope Benedict XVI

Album Release

Oct 22 "Red" 4th studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2012/2013)

  • 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

Film Premiere

Oct 23 "Skyfall", 23rd James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem premieres in London

  • Oct 23 12 people are killed and 40 are injured in a hospital fire in Tainan, Taiwan
  • 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 24 Libyan militias capture Bani Walid resulting in 130 civilian deaths
  • 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 41 people are killed and 50 injured by a suicide bombing of a mosque in Maymana, Afghanistan
  • Oct 26 64 people are killed in West Burma after continued sectarian clashes
  • 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 15 people are killed and 33 injured by a series of Baghdad car bombings

Sports History

Oct 28 American Serena Williams wins her 3rd season ending tennis title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6–4, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey

  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: San Francisco beats Detroit, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 4 at Comerica Park; sweep Tigers, 4-0 for Giants' 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: SF 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval
  • Oct 28 Syrian ceasefire collapses and 128 people are killed in ongoing civil war violence
  • 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

Film & TV History

Oct 30 Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd, and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, for $4.05 billion

  • Oct 31 The New York stock exchange opens after being closed for two days after Hurricane Sandy