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Historical Events in 2012 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 806

  • Jul 26 At least 200 people are killed in a day of violence in Syria
  • Jul 26 Insurgent attack kills 19 people and destroys a helicopter at Baqubah, Iraq
  • Jul 26 North Korea is hit by Tropical Storm Khanun, killing 88 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless

OlympicsOlympic Games

Jul 27 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jul 28 18 people are killed and 11 injured in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia
  • Jul 28 Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley (4:28.43) to take the gold medal at the London Olympics
  • Jul 29 Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 29 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Fred Couples wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Gary Hallberg

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Jul 30 Train fire kills 32 and injures 27 people in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Jul 30 Indian power grid failure leaves over 300 million without electricity
  • Jul 30 General Motors (Chevrolet) sign a record breaking 7 year $559 million sponsorship deal with EPL club Manchester United
  • Jul 31 Two car bombs kill 21 people in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jul 31 A second power grid failure in India in two days leaves 670 million people without power

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Jul 31 Michael Phelps becomes the greatest medal winner in Olympic history as part of the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team in London; Phelps' 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold

  • Aug 1 Typhoon Saola kills 82 people and displaces over 150,000 in the Philippines, Taiwan and China

  • Aug 1 8 female badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics for attempting to manipulate the draw by throwing matches
  • Aug 1 American Nathan Adrian clocks 47.52 in winning the 100m freestyle gold at the London Olympics, his first swim under 48 seconds
  • Aug 1 Great Britain collects its first ever gold medal in women's rowing with Heather Stanning and Helen Glover in the coxless pairs at the London Olympics
  • Aug 1 Bradley Wiggins' win in the London Olympics cycling time trial gives him the most aggregate medals (7) of any British Olympian (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Aug 2 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Aug 2 American swimmer Michael Phelps wins an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal in the 200m individual medley in 1:54.27 at the London Olympics
  • Aug 2 American swimmer Rebecca Soni becomes first woman to win the 200m breaststroke twice with a world record 2:19.59 at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria
  • Aug 3 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 100m butterfly in London to take his all-time Olympic gold medal tally to a record 17
  • Aug 3 American Missy Franklin swims a world record 2:04.06 to win the 200m backstroke gold medal at the London Olympics
  • Aug 4 45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen
  • Aug 4 South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics; 400m London; out in semi's

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 4 Golden double for US at London Olympic tennis as Serena Williams destroys Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in women's singles; Bob & Mike Bryan win men’s doubles beating French pair Michael Llodra & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-6

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Aug 4 US takes the 4 x 100m medley relay double at the London Olympics with Michael Phelps collecting his 18th Olympic gold medal; women's team sets world record 3:52.05
  • Aug 4 Super Rugby Final, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton: Chiefs win their first SR title with a 37-6 thrashing of the Sharks (Durban, RSA) at home
  • Aug 5 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • Aug 5 19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk
  • Aug 6 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century
  • Aug 6 "Cruise" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2013)
  • Aug 6 A large fire erupts at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Ohio, injuring six employees

  • Aug 7 21 people are killed by a gun attack in a church in Okene, Nigeria
  • Aug 7 Heavy rain forces 20,000 people to flee their homes in Manila, Philippines
  • Aug 7 200,000 people are evacuated from Shanghai in anticipation of Typhoon Haikui
  • Aug 8 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • Aug 8 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • Aug 9 The death toll from the Philippines' floods rise to 70

OlympicsOlympic Games

Aug 9 Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt wins the 200m at the London Olympics in 19.32 to become first to win 100/200m double in back-to-back Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 9 Women's Olympic Football Gold Medal won by the USA beating Japan 2-1 in the final

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo
  • Aug 11 153 people are killed and 1300 injured in Tabriz and Ahar, Iran after two earthquakes of up to 6.4 magnitude
  • Aug 11 13 people are killed and 15 injured by a lightning strike at a Mosque in Bangladesh
  • Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Kiawah Island Golf Resort: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins by 8 strokes from Englishman David Lynn
  • Aug 12 XXX Summer Olympic Games close in London, England
  • Aug 13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test
  • Aug 14 46 people are killed and 80 injured after a series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan
  • Aug 14 Hungary falls back into recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012 following a fall of 1.0% in the first quarter
  • Aug 15 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • Aug 16 113 people are killed and over 200 wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq
  • Aug 16 South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people
  • Aug 17 Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are jailed for two years
  • Aug 17 Gay pride events are banned for a century in Moscow
  • Aug 18 Al-Qaeda militants kill 14 people in an attack in Aden, Yemen
  • Aug 18 NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan
  • Aug 19 32 people are killed after a plane crash in Talodi, Sudan
  • Aug 20 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Aug 20 South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England
  • Aug 21 20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus
  • Aug 22 47 people are killed in the Syrian civil war
  • Aug 22 48 people are killed in Kenyan tribal wars between the Pokomo and Orma
  • Aug 22 Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization
  • Aug 23 Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia
  • Aug 23 At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India
  • Aug 24 Monsoon rains and floods kill 26 people in Pakistan
  • Aug 24 Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
  • Aug 24 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple meanwhile in a South Korea court both are found guilty of patent infringement
  • Aug 25 330 people are killed as a result of conflict in the Syrian civil war
  • Aug 25 85,000 people are displaced by severe floods in Myanmar
  • Aug 25 39 people are killed and 80 are injured after a gas leak in North Venezuelan refinery
  • Aug 25 Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977)
  • Aug 26 17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization
  • Aug 26 36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China
  • Aug 26 A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104
  • Aug 26 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the 1st amateur winner since 1969 by winning the Canadian Women's Open by 3 strokes from Inbee Park
  • Aug 27 First interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity
  • Aug 27 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 28 Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the United States Republican Party's candidate

Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator Mitt Romney
Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator
Mitt Romney
  • Aug 29 Georgian hostage crisis results in 3 police officers and 10 militants being killed
  • Aug 29 Operation Eagle, undertaken by the Egyptian Army, results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23
  • Aug 29 Banana Spider venom is found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Aug 29 69th Venice Film Festival: "Pieta" directed by Kim Ki-duk wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 Cholera outbreak kills 229 people in Sierra Leone
  • Aug 30 A blast in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Aug 31 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 31 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

  • Sep 1 Two suicide bombings kill 12 people and wound 50 in a NATO base in Afghanistan's Sayed Abad district
  • Sep 1 US drone strike kills 5 people in North Waristan, Pakistan
  • Sep 1 Islamist rebels seize Douentza, Mali
  • Sep 1 Grenade injures 41 festival celebrants in Paquibato, Philippines
  • Sep 2 15 people are killed by a car bomb attack at a refugee camp in Sbeineh, Palestine
  • Sep 2 A decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters is lifted from State television in Egypt
  • Sep 3 New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan
  • Sep 3 3 people are killed and 19 wounded by a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Sep 3 Typhoon Bolaven kills 48 people in North Korea
  • Sep 4 25 people are killed at a funeral suicide bombing in Nangarhar, Pakistan
  • Sep 4 42 people are killed and 25 injured as a passenger bus falls down a ravine in Morocco
  • Sep 4 Pauline Marois becomes the first female premier of Quebec
  • Sep 4 Carpet that can help prevent falls among the elderly by warning them of unusual footsteps is developed
  • Sep 5 54 people are killed and 50 injured after a firecracker factory explodes in Nadu
  • Sep 5 Austerity measure requires Greece to increase its maximum working days to six per week
  • Sep 5 25 are killed and 4 wounded after an ammunition store exploded in Afyon, Turkey
  • Sep 6 61 illegal immigrants die after a fishing boat capsizes off the coast of Turkey

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Sep 6 Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for US President

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

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 6 29th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown win

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
  • Sep 7 US drone attack kills 8 people in Kismayo, south Somalia
  • Sep 7 64 people are killed and 715 injured after a series of earthquakes in south-west China
  • Sep 7 Canada closes its Iranian embassy and expels Iranian diplomatic staff out of Canada
  • Sep 8 6 people are killed by a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Sep 8 8 people are killed after a tractor is hit by a train in Romania
  • Sep 9 17 people are killed and at least 40 injured after two car bombs explode in Aleppo, Syria
  • Sep 9 100 people are killed and 350 injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
  • Sep 9 Armenia wins the 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad
  • Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 4th US title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
  • Sep 10 16 people are killed by a suicide bombing n Kunduz, Afghanistan

  • Sep 10 Teachers in Chicago strike effecting 350,000 students
  • Sep 10 10,000 miners demonstrate at Lonmin mines in Marikana, South Africa
  • Sep 10 29 people are killed by floods and heavy rain in Vietnam
  • Sep 10 A left over bazooka grenade in Cambodia explodes and kills three children

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Andy Murray of Scotland wins his first Grand Slam event; beats defending champion Novak Đoković 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Sep 11 50 Al-Shabaab fighters are killed in conflict with the Somali National Army
  • Sep 11 The US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is stormed, looted and burned down, killing five people, including the US ambassador
  • Sep 11 The US is warned by Moody's that its AAA credit rating is at risk if lawmakers fail to produce a long-term debt reduction plan
  • Sep 11 29 people are killed and 11 injured after a bus runs off a mountain highway in Nepal
  • Sep 11 Japan nationalizes three of the disputed Senkaku Islands
  • Sep 12 18 soldiers are killed by a rebel car bomb in Syria
  • Sep 12 314 people are killed in factory fire in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sep 12 Apple unveils its iPhone 5 and iOS 6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Excavators announce that they may have found the remains of King Richard III of England under a carpark in Leicester

King of England Richard III
King of England
Richard III
  • Sep 13 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
  • Sep 13 33,000 people are evacuated after Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls for Russian punk band Pussy Riot to be freed

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev
  • Sep 13 Dr Mustafa Abushagur is elected as Prime Minister of Libya
  • Sep 14 21 people are killed after a ferry sank in Indonesia
  • Sep 15 Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s
  • Sep 16 8 female civilians are killed by a NATO airstrike in Laghman, Afghanistan
  • Sep 16 8 police officers are killed by a roadside bombing by Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in Turkey
  • Sep 16 14 people are killed and 7 wounded by a roadside bomb Jandol, Turkey
  • Sep 16 Anti-Japanese protesters set fire to Panasonic plant in Qingdao, China
  • Sep 16 Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, seeks a court order to resolve a week long teachers strike
  • Sep 16 NHL locks out its players after the expiry of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Sep 16 37th Toronto International Film Festival: "Silver Linings Playbook" directed by David O. Russell wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Jiyai Shin wins her second Open title, 9 strokes ahead of fellow South Korean Inbee Park
  • Sep 17 Panasonic suspends operations at its three factories in China
  • Sep 17 China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands

  • Sep 17 13 people are killed in a bus accident in Jubail, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 17 Swedish forensic scientists find no conclusive evidence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's DNA in a torn condom
  • Sep 17 United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan
  • Sep 18 10 Turkish soldiers are killed and 70 injured in missile attack by Kurdish militants in Bingol, Turkey
  • Sep 18 26 people are killed in a fire in a Pemex gas facility in Reynosa, Mexico
  • Sep 18 The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reach a deal that ends an 8-day strike.
  • Sep 18 World's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant undertaken at the University of Gothenburg
  • Sep 19 9 people are killed and 20 wounded by a car bombing in Peshawar, Afghanistan
  • Sep 20 50 people are killed and dozens injured after a gas station is bombed by the Syrian Army in Ain Issa
  • Sep 20 14 people are killed in a cafe suicide bombing in Somalia
  • Sep 20 AU Optronics fined $500 million for a LCD screen price-fixing
  • Sep 21 Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, wins a leadership ballot
  • Sep 22 7 pedestrians are killed by a drunk driver who hit a bus stop at 200km an hour in Moscow
  • Sep 23 Iran blocks the use of Google as a search engine
  • Sep 23 20 Iranian US Visas are denied, including diplomats and two ministers, ahead of the UN general assembly meeting in New York
  • Sep 23 Scientists discover four genetically distinct types of breast cancer

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 23 64th Emmy Awards: "Homeland", "Modern Family", Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win

Actress Claire Danes
Actress
Claire Danes
  • Sep 24 Books by Japanese authors or about Japan are suspended by Chinese bookstores
  • Sep 25 50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands
  • Sep 25 Anouchka van Miltenburg is elected President of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands
  • Sep 26 Syrian army massacres 40 civilians in Thiabieh, Damascus
  • Sep 26 Greek trade unions call a general strike to protest austerity measures
  • Sep 26 Japanese automakers suspend operations in China
  • Sep 27 UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands
  • Sep 27 The Mars Curiosity rover discovers what evidence of a fast-moving streambed-in Mars
  • Sep 27 The 2004 Japanese discovery of the 133th element has been confirmed
  • Sep 28 Aircraft crash kills 16 people in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sep 28 Nigeria suspends flights to Saudi Arabia after hundreds of Nigerian women travelled without a male escort
  • Sep 30 Two opposition Venezuelan politicians are shot dead a week before the presidential election
  • Sep 30 Car bomb blasts kill at least 32 people across Iraq

  • Sep 30 Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL Grand Final
  • Sep 30 Ryder Cup Golf, Medinah CC: Europe retains Cup 14½-13½; win 8 and tie 1 of the 12 singles matches after trailing 10-6
  • 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 20 students are gunned down in Mubi, Nigeria
  • Oct 2 10 people are killed after a minibus and truck collide in Ilocos Norte, Philippines
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Oct 4 Turkey’s parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria
  • Oct 4 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China
  • Oct 4 Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 5 Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Oct 6 The Leeds Rhinos defeat the Warrington Wolves 26-18 to win the 2012 Super League grand final
  • 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
  • Oct 7 13 people are killed after a Sudanese military aeroplane crashes near Khartoum