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Historical Events in 2012 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 808

  • Apr 30 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people
  • Apr 30 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
  • May 1 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
  • May 1 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion

Person of InterestThe Scream

May 2 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500
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"The Scream", pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • May 3 59th National Film Awards (India): "Deool" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 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
  • May 5 138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83
  • May 5 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,102): Chelsea beats Liverpool, 2–1; Didier Drogba scores winner for Blues' 7th title

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 13 Manchester City win the English Premier League for the first time
  • May 13 Manchester City beats QPR 3-2 at City of Manchester Stadium to win English Premier League title on goal difference from Manchester United; Citizens recover from 2–1 down with 2 stoppage-time goals; first EPL title decided on goal difference
  • May 13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Matt Kuchar wins by 2 strokes ahead of Ricky Fowler, Zach Johnson, Martin Laird and Ben Curtis
  • 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 19 137th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94
  • May 19 UEFA Champions League Final, Munich: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich, 4-3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time; Blues' first title

  • May 20 6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy
  • May 20 Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 20 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • 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 22 Philip Philips is crowned the eleventh American Idol
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix Coyotes, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 26 Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 26 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing "Euphoria" in Baku
  • May 27 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532 (269.934 km/h)
  • May 27 65th Cannes Film Festival: "Amour" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 27 58th British Academy Television Awards: "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" Best Comedy, "The Fades" Best Drama
  • May 27 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets; Manvinder Bisla top scores, 89 (48)
  • May 27 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, The GC at Harbor Shores: Englishman Roger Chapman wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles of the year by 2 strokes from John Cook
  • 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 1 Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in the New York Mets' 50-year MLB history when he beats the St. Louis Cardinals, 8 - 0
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 3 Tiger Woods claims his 73rd PGA tour victory with a 2 stroke win over Andrés Romero & Rory Sabbatini in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC; equals Jack Nicklaus's record

  • 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 4 MLB Draft: Puerto Rico Academy & HS shortstop Carlos Correa first pick by Houston Astros
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 6 46th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Luke Bryan wins

Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays first performed 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 9 144th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Union Rags wins in 2:30.42
  • Jun 10 A Helicopter crash near Nairobi, Kenya, kills five people, including George Saitoti, a Kenyan cabinet minister
  • Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: Shanshan Feng of China wins by 2 strokes ahead of Eun-Hee Ji, Stacy Lewis, Mika Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen
  • Jun 10 66th Tony Awards: Once & Clybourne Park win

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova wins her first French title; beats Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Defending champion Tom Lehman wins by 2 strokes from Bernhard Langer of Germany and Taiwan's Lu Chien-soon

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 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 11 Stanley Cup Final, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA : LA Kings defeat New Jersey Devils, 6-1 for 4-2 series win; first SC title in Kings' 45-year history
  • Jun 11 US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5; 3rd straight French title for Nadal

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 13 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros

Baseball Star José Altuve
Baseball Star
José Altuve

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 13 "The Amazing Spider-Man" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

  • 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
  • Jun 16 Coca-Cola begins business in Myanmar after 60 years
  • Jun 16 A collapse of a stage at a Toronto Radiohead concert kills one person
  • Jun 16 30 people are killed and 15 injured after a bus falls into a gorge in Osmanabad, India
  • Jun 17 France's Socialist Party wins a majority in the legislative election
  • Jun 17 Greek voters return to the polls after the failed May 6 election
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club, SF: American Webb Simpson wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson
  • Jun 18 15 people are killed and 40 injured in a suicide attack in Baquba, Iraq
  • Jun 18 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards: Community wins Best Comedy Series, Homeland wins Best Drama Series
  • Jun 19 A man is beheaded for witchcraft and sorcery in Saudi Arabia
  • Jun 19 Antonis Samaras, the leader of the New Democracy party in Greece, forms a coalition government
  • Jun 20 Western Libyan tribal clashes kill 105 people and injure 500
  • Jun 20 A Syrian fighter pilot lands in Jordan and defects from the Syrian uprising
  • Jun 21 Moody's downgrades 15 major banks in the UK, US, Canada and Europe
  • Jun 21 A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued
  • Jun 21 Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to one

  • Jun 21 66th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 22 Two Baghdad market bombings kill 14 people and injure 106
  • Jun 22 Cult Bollywood film "Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1" directed by Anurag Kashyap is released in India
  • Jun 22 NHL Draft: Sarnia Sting (OHL) right wing Nail Yakupov first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • Jun 23 Greece proposes to slow down austerity measures by two years
  • Jun 23 A coach crashes in Croatia killing 8 Czech tourists and injuring 44
  • Jun 23 76 monks are hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees
  • Jun 24 Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood becomes President of Egypt
  • Jun 24 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
  • Jun 25 33 Syrian army officers defect to Turkey

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 26 Animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift", directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Buenos Aires

Actor Ray Romano
Actor
Ray Romano
  • Jun 28 A series of car bombs in Iraq kills 14 and injures 50 people
  • Jun 28 NBA Draft: Kentucky center Anthony Davis first pick New Orleans Pelicans
  • Jun 29 16 Naxalite Maoist insurgents in India are killed by police
  • Jun 29 Three bombs in Balid, Iraq, kill 6 people and injure 45
  • Jun 29 15,000 Japanese anti-nuclear protesters blockade the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo
  • Jun 30 30 people attending a funeral in Zamalka, Syria, are killed on a day that saw 83 civilian deaths
  • Jun 30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Jun 30 Mohamed Morsi is sworn in as President of Egypt
  • Jul 1 17 people are killed and 45 injured in an attack on two churches in Garissa, Kenya
  • Jul 1 UEFA European Championship Final, Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine: Spain crush Italy, 4-0 to retain their title
  • Jul 1 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Joe Daley wins his lone career major title by 2 strokes from Tom Lehman
  • Jul 2 GlaxoSmithKline settles the largest healthcare fraud case in history for US$3 Billion
  • Jul 2 Monsoon rain in East India kills at least 79 people and leaves 2.2 million homeless
  • Jul 3 Truck bombing kills 25 people and wounds 40 in Diwaniyah, Iraq
  • Jul 3 Antonio Esfandiari wins a record $18.3 million after winning the 2012 World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Buy-In
  • Jul 4 Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson
  • Jul 5 Harness racing trainer/driver Dave Palone sets a new North American record for wins when he drives Herculotte Hanover to the winner's circle for his 15,181st career victory
  • Jul 5 The Shard, the tallest building in Europe, is opened in London, at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)
  • Jul 5 South Korea announce plans to begin "scientific' whaling of minke whales

  • Jul 5 Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party is elected President of Mexico after a recount following irregularities
  • Jul 6 Gunmen kill 18 people in Turbat, Pakistan
  • Jul 7 Floods in the Krasnodar region, Russia, kill 140 people

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win her 5th Wimbledon singles crown; 5 hours later teams with sister Venus to win doubles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 8 Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province
  • Jul 8 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Peña Nieto's win in the country's presidential election

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam title; beats Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jul 8 US Open Women's Golf, Blackwolf Run: Na Yeon Choi of South Korea wins her first major championship, 4 strokes ahead of compatriot Amy Yang
  • Jul 10 The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages
  • Jul 10 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  • Jul 11 Police academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana'a, Yemen
  • Jul 11 S/2012 P 1, the fifth moon of Pluto is discovered

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 11 20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jul 12 200 people are killed by the Syrian army in Tremseh
  • Jul 12 90-155 people are killed after an oil tanker crashes and explodes in Okogbe, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Jul 12 45th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 13 China's economic growth drops to 7.6%, its lowest level for three years
  • Jul 13 19-30 people are killed after a train collides with a truck in Malelane, South Africa
  • Jul 13 Financially troubled Scottish football club, Rangers, is voted into the third division
  • Jul 14 Suicide bomber attacks a wedding reception and kills 22 people and inures 22 in northern Afghanistan
  • Jul 14 Floods on the Japanese island of Kyushu kill 20 and displace 250,000
  • Jul 15 39 pilgrims are killed in a bus crash in Parasi, Nepal
  • Jul 15 A Russian Soyuz rocket with an international team launches for a mission to the International Space Station
  • Jul 15 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Indianwood G &CC: Englishman Roger Chapman wins by 2 strokes ahead of Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin & Tom Lehman

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 16 "The Dark Knight Rises", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premieres in New York

  • Jul 17 17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 18 6 Israeli tourists are killed and 30 injured after a bomb explodes on a tourist bus at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria
  • Jul 18 14 people are killed after a bomb explosion at Pakistan's Orakzai Agency
  • Jul 18 Violence across Syria results in 97 deaths

  • Jul 18 Syrian suicide bombing kills three high profile government officials, including Syria's Minister of Defence
  • Jul 18 24 people are killed after a ferry sinks off the coast of Zanzibar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • Jul 20 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado,
  • Jul 20 21 people are killed and 29 injured in a bus accident in Nayarit, Mexico
  • Jul 22 Car bombs kills 20 people and injures 80 in Madaen and Najaf, Iraq
  • Jul 22 At least 77 people are killed by torrential rain in Beijing, China
  • Jul 22 Pranab Mukherjee is elected 13th President of India
  • Jul 22 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: South African Ernie Els wins his 2nd Claret Jug, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Adam Scott of Australia
  • Jul 22 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
  • Jul 22 Hashim Amla smashes 311 not out in South Africa's inning and 12 run 1st Test win over England at The Oval; first South African to score a triple-century in Test cricket
  • Jul 23 A series of attacks across Iraq kill 103 people
  • Jul 24 Four barrels containing 248 human fetuses are found in Sverdlovsk, Russia
  • Jul 24 John Dramani becomes President of Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 24 Danielle Steel’s novel “Friends Forever: A Novel” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Jul 25 Italy's credit rating is downgraded to CCC+ by Egan-Jones
  • Jul 25 Ivica Dačić is sworn in as Prime Minister of Serbia
  • Jul 25 The 2012 Summer Olympics begin (Opening ceremony 27th)
  • Jul 25 The UK economy returns to recession with a fall of 0.2% in GDP in the first quarter of 2012 following a fall of 0.3% in the last quarter of 2011