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The year 2012 saw many important events. While some received a warm welcome, some were not quite pleasant. Here is a compilation of the events that created a stir and dominated the world's attention in 2012.

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Top Five Events

13-Jan

Costa Concordia Runs Aground

Costa Concordia, the cruise ship owned by Costa Cruises, ran aground in the Tyrrhenian Sea near Isola del Giglio, Italy, on the night of Friday, January 13, 2012, killing 32 and forcing 4200 to evacuate in lifeboats.Read more...

09-Feb

Whitney houston Dies

On February 11, 2012, American pop icon, Whitney Houston was found unconscious at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in the suite 434. houston was found submerged in the hot water of her bathtub and was soon declared dead.Read more...

20-Jul

Aurora Shooting Shocks US

On Friday, July 20, 2012, news of a mass shooting inside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during the midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises, shook the US. The gunman killed 12 people and injured 58 when he set off tear gas grenades and shot multiple rounds from an assortment of firearms.Read more...

25-Aug

Neil Armstrong Dies

On August 25, 2012, US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the Moon, died at the age of 82.Read more...

25-Oct

Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, US President Barack Obama endorsed a same-sex marriage referendum in the Washington state ballot. He also came out with a formal endorsement of a similar measure in the ballot in Maine and in Maryland.Read more...

14-Dec

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings

On December 14, 2012, an armed gunman, Adam Lanza, shot and wounded two, and killed twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, US.Read more...

21-Dec

Doomsday Predictions Fall Flat

Doomsday predictions fell flat on December 21, 2012Read more...

6-Feb

On February 6, 1952, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated across United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth countries to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne Read more...

21-Feb

Second Bailout Package for Greece Approved

After many weeks of debate and over 12 hours of talks, the finance ministers of the Eurozone countries agreed to give Greece a 130 billion Euros (US $170 billion) second bailout on February 21, 2012. Read more...

1-Apr

On April 1, 2012, the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar (Burma) announced that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi had been elected to the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the Burmese parliament. This was a historic victory for iconic champion of democracy who had spent over 15 years under house arrest by the military junta.Read more...

23-May

On May 23, 2012, Egypt threw its doors open to a historic presidential poll, in a grand culmination of the revolution that started in early 2011. Mohammed Morsi was elected president.Read more...

11-Sep

The US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed on September 11, 2012, when Islamist militants stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Apart from the US diplomat, three other Americans were killed in the attacks.Read more...

6-Nov

On November 6, 2012, US went to poll in a much hyped presidential election in which US President Barack Obama was re-electedRead more...

15-Nov

On November 15, 2012, Xi Jinping was named the general secretary of China's Communist Party Central Committee, succeeding the incumbent President Hu Jintao. Xi will formally take over as the PRC head of state in March 2013Read more...

29-Nov

On November 29, 2012, the Palestinian National Authority secured a non-member state observer status at the UN General Assembly. The outcome was decided by an overwhelming vote of the General Assembly members.Read more...

11-Dec

The United States formally recognized the opposition forces of Syria as "the legitimate representative" of the Syrian people on December 11, 2012.Read more...

Tunisian Revolution

13-Mar

After 244 years of publication, Encyclopedia Britannica stopped production of its iconic multi-volume print edition. The announcement was made on March 13, 2012. Read more...

Visa, Mastercard Report Massive

30-Mar

Visa, MasterCard, and Discovery sent out a warning to a number of American banks cautioning them about a massive security breach at one of their American credit-card processors on March 30, 2012. Read more...

Facebook Launches IPO

10-May

The social networking giant Facebook Inc. launched its initial public offering (IPO) on May 18, 2012. The IPO was touted to be one of the biggest in technology in what media watchers called a "cultural touchstone". The offering was certainly the biggest in the history of Internet companies Facebook achieved a market capitalization of over $104 billion with the IPO.Read more...

Protests Staged Against SOPA & PIPA

13-Jan

In the biggest protest in the history of the Internet, a number of series of coordinated dissent was staged across the World Wide Web on January 18, 2012, against two proposed laws in the US Congress - the SOPA & PIPARead more...

Appleat $600 Billion

10-Apr

Apple Inc., the world's most valuable company, surpassed the $600 billion value mark for the first time on April 10, 2012 Read more...

Solar Transit of Venus Commences

05-Jun

In one of the rarest celestial phenomena, Planet Venus moved across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth on June 5 & 6, 2012. A Venus transit of the sun is a very rare astronomical event and the next transit is not likely to be seen in the next 105 years. Read more...

God Particle Discovered

04-July

On Wednesday July 4, 2012, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) revealed in a convention in Geneva that they now have evidence of a subatomic particle, the Higgs Boson, referred to as the God Particle, which provides all other particles their mass and size. Read more...

Mars Rover Curiosity Lands Successfully

04-Aug

The latest and perhaps most successful mission to Mars is the robotic space probe, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). On August 6, 2012 at 1:32 EDT, MSL successfully landed a rover, Curiosity in Gale Crater on the surface of Mars. Read more...

2012 Summer Olympic Games

27-Jul

On Friday, July 27, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo role in a ceremony celebrating the nation that invented modern sport. The Summer Olympic Games were held between July 27 and August 12, 2012. USA topped the medal tally with 46 golds, 29 silvers, and 29 bronze medals. China followed with 38 golds, 27 silvers and 23 bronze medals.Read more...

USADA Hands Lance Armstrong Lifetime Ban

24-Aug

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) threw up a shocker in July 2012 when they commenced formal procedures against seven times Tour de France winner and professional road racing cyclist, Lance Armstrong, for having used illicit performance enhancing drugs. On August 24, 2012, the USADA striped Armstrong of all his wins since August 1998 including his Tour de France wins and handed him a lifetime ban from competitive cyclingRead more...

2012 Summer Olympic Games

29-Oct

On October 29, Super storm Sandy charted a destructive course through the eastern coast of the US causing many deaths and much destruction in NYC, New Jersey and many eastern states. The death toll from Sandy in the US has been pegged at 125.Read more...