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2012The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

2012Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

201216th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays were first performed, were found under a pub in London

2012The final US presidential election results are declared after Barack Obama wins Florida to defeate Mitt Romney 332-206 in Electoral College votes

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

2012British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

2012Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

2012Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia

2012Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

2012Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud

2012Serena Williams wins her fourth women's tennis singles at the US Open

2012United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

2012Barack Obama re-elected as US President

201284th Academy Awards - "The Artist," Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep win

2012Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal

2012Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

2012Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

2012119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2)

2012Queen Elizabeth II announces the opening of the London 2012 Olympics at the opening ceremony

2012Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's butler, is found guilty of leaking confidential documents and is sentenced to 18 months imprisonment

201226th Soul Train Music Awards: Miguel, Beyoncé win

201229th MTV Awards: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown wins

2012Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

2012George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience

2012126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4)

2012US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination

2012Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children

201238th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)

2012Queen Elizabeth II marks her 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so

2012Swedish forensic scientists find no conclusive evidence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's DNA in a torn condom

2012Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer

2012Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, is granted political asylum by Ecuador

201264th Emmy Awards: Homeland, Modern Family, Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win

2012Formula One legend, Michael Schumacher, retires

2012Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for US President

2012Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

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

2012John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on reprogramming end stage cells to become pluripotent

201220th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

201239th American Music Award: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win

2012Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics

2012Tiger Woods' 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus's record

2012Canadian Film maker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

201246th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Luke Bryan wins

2012 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 7
Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11 
Jan 8
"The 3:16 Game", the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first scrimmage play of overtime, giving the underdog Broncos a 29—23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game 
Jan 9
Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second consecutive year 
Jan 11
38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama) 
Jan 13
Cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, with at least 15 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 
Jan 29
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 59-41 
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 Papa New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside) 
Feb 2
NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989 
Feb 4
Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland 
Feb 5
Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17 at the Lucas Oil Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB 
Feb 6
6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths 
Feb 6
Queen Elizabeth II marks her 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so 
Feb 6
Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 
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 12
54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins 
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 17
Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece 
Feb 18
Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the first native American saint 
Feb 19
44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels 
Feb 20
Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years 
Feb 20
South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders 
Feb 21
Yemen 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 25
Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79 
Feb 26
The film The Artist wins five Academy Awards and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927 
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 26
84th Academy Awards - "The Artist," Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep win 
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 
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 
Mar 4
Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud 
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 6
Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75 
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 16
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes first cricketer to score 100 international centuries 
Mar 16
George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience 
Mar 17
Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur 
Mar 17
Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship 
Mar 17
John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91 
Mar 18
Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium 
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 20
Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down 
Mar 21
Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal 
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 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
Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales 
Mar 22
Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya 
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 25
Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron 
Mar 26
Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal 
Mar 26
Canadian Film maker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years 
Mar 30
Spanish Government cuts 27 Billion Euros from its budget in one of its toughest austerity driver in history 
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 1
32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins 
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 
Apr 3
US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination 
Apr 4
German Nobel Laureat, Gunter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran 
Apr 4
Somalia's National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation 
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
Gunter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai 
Apr 8
Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message 
Apr 8
76th Golf Masters Championship: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 278 
Apr 9
The Lion King becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking The Phantom of the Opera 
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 
Apr 10
Rick Santorum suspends his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favourite 
Apr 10
Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97 
Apr 11
8.6 magnitude earth quack 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 
Apr 11
Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer 
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 
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
The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, 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 19
Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71 
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 21
Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners 
Apr 22
30 year old woman collapses and dies during London Marathon 
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 23
38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach 
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 
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 
May 2
Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream' sells at auction for $119,922,500 
May 2
Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals 
May 4
14 decapitated bodies and 9 hung from a bridge are found in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico 
May 5
17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal 
May 5
Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970 
May 5
138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83 
May 6
Francois Hollande elected President of France 
May 6
Greeck 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 
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 calender 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 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
Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich in penalty shootout to win the UEFA Champion's League 
May 19
138th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94 
May 20
Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia 
May 20
6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy 
May 20
20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win 
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 25
Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province 
May 25
A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station 
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 27
Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532 (269.934 km/h) 
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
New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana pitches a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals 
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 3
Tiger Woods' 73rd PGA tour victory 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 6
Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs 
Jun 6
The Solar Impulse completes the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun 
Jun 6
46th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Luke Bryan wins 
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
It is announced that up to $125 million dollars in loans will be given to aid Spain's struggling banks 
Jun 9
Burma (Myanmar) riots kill 20 people and burn down 300 houses 
Jun 10
66th Tony Awards: Once & Clybourne Park win 
Jun 10
A Helicopter crash near Nairobi, Kenya, kills five people, including George Saitoti, a Kenyan cabinet minister 
Jun 10
58th LPGA Championship won by Shanshan Feng 
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
Los Angeles Kings defeat New Jersey Devils 6-1 in game 6 to win the NHL's Stanley Cup 
Jun 12
The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created 
Jun 12
An Australian coroner's report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980 
Jun 12
The World Health Organization concludes that diesel exhaust causes cancer 
Jun 13
A series of bombings across Iraq kill 93 and wound 300 people 
Jun 13
San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros 
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
American golfer, Webb Simpson, wins the US Open 
Jun 17
112th US Golf Open: Webb Simpson shoots a 281 at Olympic Club CA 
Jun 18
15 people are killed and 40 injured in a suicide attack in Baquba, Iraq 
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 23
Greece proposes to slow down austerity measures by two years 
Jun 23
A bus carrying Czech tourists crashes in Croatia killing 8 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 
Jun 28
A series of car bombs in Iraq kills 14 and injures 50 people 
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
Spain's football team crushes Italy 4-0 to win the 2012 UEFA Euro Cup 
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 in poker after winning the 2012 World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Buy-In 
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 
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 Pe 
Jul 8
119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2) 
Jul 8
126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4) 
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
POliciy academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana'a, Yemen 
Jul 11
S/2012 P 1, the fifth moon of Pluto is discovered 
Jul 11
20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win 
Jul 11
Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers 
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 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 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 
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 
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
Pranab Mukherjee is elected President of India 
Jul 22
At least 77 people are killed by torrential rain in Beijing, China 
Jul 22
141st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 273 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 
Jul 23
A series of attacks across Iraq kill 103 people 
Jul 24
John Dramani becomes President of Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills 
Jul 24
Four barrels containing 248 human fetuses are found in Sverdlovsk, Russia 
Jul 25
The 2012 Summer Olympics begin (Opening ceremony 27th) 
Jul 25
Ivica Dačić is sworn in as Prime Minister of Serbia 
Jul 25
Italy's credit rating is downgraded to CCC+ by Egan-Jones 
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 
Jul 25
The double dip recession in the UK economy continues with a fall of 0.7% in GDP in the second quarter of 2012 
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 
Jul 27
Queen Elizabeth II announces the opening of the London 2012 Olympics at the opening ceremony 
Jul 27
2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony occurs 
Jul 28
Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley in 4:28.43 
Jul 28
18 people are killed and 11 injured in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia 
Jul 29
Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea 
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 31
Two car bombs kill 21 people in Baghdad, Iraq 
Jul 31
A second power grid failure in two days leaves 670 million people in India without power 
Aug 1
Typhoon Saola kills elven people and displaces over 150,000 in the Philippines 
Aug 1
8 Women's badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 summer Olympics for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" 
Aug 2
23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan 
Aug 3
United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria 
Aug 4
45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen 
Aug 4
South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee to compete at the Olympics 
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 5
General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United 
Aug 6
Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century 
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, Phillipines 
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 
Aug 9
Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics 
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
The 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony completes the games 
Aug 12
94th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 275 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 
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 16
Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, is granted political asylum by Ecuador 
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
Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court 
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 
Aug 25
330 people are killed as a result of conflict in the Syrian civil war 
Aug 25
39 people are killed and 80 are injured after a gas leak in North Venezuelan refinery 
Aug 25
85,000 people are displaced by severe floods in Myanmar 
Aug 25
Voyager 1 spacecraft, enters interstellar space (launched in 1977), - first spacecraft to do so 
Aug 26
15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969 
Aug 26
36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China 
Aug 26
17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization 
Aug 26
A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104 
Aug 27
First interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity 
Aug 28
Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the United States Republican Party's candidate 
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 
Aug 29
The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles 
Aug 30
Cholera outbreak kills 229 people in Sierra Leone 
Aug 30
A blast in the in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing 
Aug 30
Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open 
Aug 31
Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan 
Sep 1
Islamist rebels seize Douentza, Mali 
Sep 1
Grenade injures 41 festival celebrants in Paquibato, Philippines 
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 2
A decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters is lifted from State television in Egypt 
Sep 2
15 people are killed by a car bomb attack at a refugee camp in Sbeineh, Palestine 
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 3
New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan 
Sep 4
42 people are killed and 25 injured as a passenger bus falls down a ravine in Morocco 
Sep 4
25 people are killed at a funeral suicide bombing in Nangarhar, Pakistan 
Sep 4
Pauline Marois becomes the first female premier of Quebec 
Sep 4
Carpet that can help prevent falls in elderly by warning them after detecting 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 
Sep 6
Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for US President 
Sep 6
29th MTV Awards: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown wins 
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
Serena Williams wins her fourth women's tennis singles at the US Open 
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 
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 
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 
Sep 13
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls for Russian punk band Pussy Riot to be freed 
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 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 soliders are killed and 70 injured by a 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 bominbg 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 
Sep 23
64th Emmy Awards: Homeland, Modern Family, Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win 
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
Europe defeats the US 14.5-13.5 in the 39th Ryder Cup 
Oct 1
California becomes the first US state to ban conversion therapy for minors 
Oct 1
36 people are killed in a ferry collision in Hong Kong 
Oct 1
3 NATO soldiers and 16 Afghan police are killed by a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan 
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 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 
Oct 4
Formula One legend, Michael Schumacher, retires 
Oct 5
Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa 
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
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 
Oct 8
Hugo Chávez is re-elected as president of Venezuela for a fourth term 
Oct 8
Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament 
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 9
25,000 people in Athens protest German Chancellor Angela Merkel 
Oct 9
Serge Haroche and David Wineland win the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on quantum optics 
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 
Oct 11
Mo Yan, a hallucinatory realist writer, wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature 
Oct 12
The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali 
Oct 12
The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary 
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
The exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb is discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri 
Oct 17
Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal 
Oct 17
Tens of thousands protest austerity measures in Greece 
Oct 18
Syrian military airstrikes kill 40 people in Maaret al-Numan 
Oct 18
Google stock trading is suspended after a premature release of a quarterly report indicating a 20% drop in profits and a 9% fall in share price 
Oct 19
8 people are killed and 78 injured by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon 
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 23
12 people are killed and 40 are injured in a hospital fire in Tainan, Taiwan 
Oct 24
Libyan militias capture Bani Walid resulting in 130 civilian deaths 
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 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
64 people are killed in West Burma after continued sectarian clashes 
Oct 26
41 people are killed and 50 injured by a suicide bombing of a mosque in Maymana, Afghanistan 
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
Syrian ceasefire collapses and 128 people are killed in ongoing civil war violence 
Oct 28
15 people are killed and 33 injured by a series of Baghdad car bombings 
Oct 28
Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 Formula One Indian Grand Prix 
Oct 28
San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers in game four to take the 2012 MLB World Series 
Oct 28
Pablo Sandoval is named MLB 2012 World Series MVP. 
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 
Oct 30
Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion 
Oct 31
The New York stock exchange opens after being closed for two days after Hurricane Sandy 
Nov 1
Google's Gmail becomes the world's most popular email service 
Nov 1
22 people are killed and 111 injured after a fuel tanker explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
Nov 1
Yellow fever kills 32 people and sickens 50 more in Darfur, Sudan 
Nov 1
Acid is poured over a 15 year old girl by her parents after being seen talking to a young man in an "honour killing" in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan 
Nov 1
Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe's first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang 
Nov 1
2 Iranian fighter jets fire on a US General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone in international air space 
Nov 1
46th Country Music Association Award: Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert wins 
Nov 3
Syrian rebels launch a major assault on Taftanaz airbase 
Nov 4
Bishop Tawadros appointed as the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church 
Nov 4
Kimi Raikkonen wins Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 
Nov 4
Syrian rebels capture a major oil field in Deir ez-Zor Governorate 
Nov 5
50 Syrian military personnel are killed by a suicide car bomb in Hama 
Nov 5
Widespread flooding in Nigeria kills 363 people and displaces 2.1 million 
Nov 6
5 people are shot at a poultry processing plant in Fresno, California 
Nov 6
Barack Obama re-elected as US President 
Nov 6
US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State 
Nov 6
Green Moon wins the Melbourne Cup race at Flemington 
Nov 7
48 people are killed by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Guatemala 
Nov 7
Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approve measures for same-sex marriage 
Nov 9
25 people are killed and 62 injured after a train carrying liquid fuel bursts into flames in Burma 
Nov 9
An Algerian C-295 military transport plane crashes near Avignon, France, killing 6 people 
Nov 10
20 Syrian troops are killed by suicide bombings in Daara 
Nov 10
27 people are killed and dozens injured in a prison conflict in Colombo, Sri Lanka 
Nov 10
Israeli counter strike on Palestinian militants in Gaza kills 5 and injure 30 
Nov 10
17 people are killed in a helicopter crash as a result of bad weather in Turkey 
Nov 10
The final US presidential election results are declared after Barack Obama wins Florida to defeate Mitt Romney 332-206 in Electoral College votes 
Nov 11
12 people are killed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Burma 
Nov 12
Into the Silence by Wade Davis wins the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize 
Nov 12
Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 
Nov 13
3 Syrian tanks enter the demilitarized zone of Golan Heights 
Nov 14
A series of protests against austerity measures occur across Europe including Spain, Portugal, and Greece 
Nov 14
CFBDSIR 2149-0403 is discovered, the closest rogue planet to earth (100 light-years away) 
Nov 15
At least 95 people are killed in Syrian conflicts 
Nov 15
Deep Horizon Oil Spill: BP settles for $4.5 Billion 
Nov 15
The Eurozone economy returns to recession with a fall of 0.1% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012 following a fall of 0.2% in the previous quarter 
Nov 16
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' grosses $500 million in 24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all time 
Nov 17
50 schoolchildren and a bus driver are killed after a train collides with a school bus in Manfalut, Egypt 
Nov 18
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2012 US Formula One Grand Prix 
Nov 18
Israeli Gaza rocket strikes kill 80 alleged terrorist targets 
Nov 18
Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup 
Nov 18
39th American Music Award: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win 
Nov 18
101st Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Spain in Prague (3-2) 
Nov 20
Toshiba unveils a robot designed to help in nuclear disasters 
Nov 21
An Israel and Hamas ceasefire is negotiated 
Nov 21
Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo is sacked and replaced by Rafael Ben 
Nov 22
2 people are killed and 120 injured after a 100-vehicle pile-up in dense fog in Texas 
Nov 22
6 attacks across Pakistan kill 37 people and injure 92 
Nov 23
JR Tokai unveil a maglev LO train prototype capable of travelling up to 500km per hour 
Nov 24
Gangnam Style becomes the most viewed youtube video surpassing 808 million views 
Nov 24
Ernest Bai Koroma is re-elected President of Sierra Leone 
Nov 24
The continued NHL lockout results in all games to December 14 being cancelled 
Nov 25
11 people are killed and 30 are wounded by twin car bombs hitting a Protestant church in Nigeria 
Nov 25
16 people are killed and 44 injured after a wedding party bus plunges 300 ft down a gorge in India 
Nov 25
Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 Formula One championship for the third consecutive year 
Nov 25
100th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Calgary Stampeders, 35-22 
Nov 25
26th Soul Train Music Awards: Miguel, Beyoncé win 
Nov 26
10 children are killed and 15 people are injured after a Syrian government Jet drops a cluster bomb on a playground 
Nov 26
The cost of Hurricane Sandy to New York is announced to be $32 Billion 
Nov 27
29 people are killed and 126 are wounded by 8 car bombings across Iraq 
Nov 27
The Eurozone announces that it will make loans of 43.7 billion euros to Greece 
Nov 28
54 people are killed and 120 are injured by two car bombs in Damascus, Syria 
Nov 29
30 people are killed and 100 are wounded by bombs in Hillah and Karbala, Iraq 
Nov 29
The UN votes to approve Palestine's status change from an observer to an observer state 
Nov 29
Luiz Felipe Scolari takes over as Brazilian Football coach 
Nov 30
At least 32 people are killed in a Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crash in the Congo 
Dec 1
8 people are killed and 36 injured after a bus overturns in Bolivia 
Dec 1
Enrique Peña Nieto sworn in as President of Mexico 
Dec 1
Ukranian Anna Ushenina wins the Women's World Chess Championship 2012 
Dec 2
9 people are killed after 30 cars are trapped in Sasago Tunnel, Japan 
Dec 2
Borut Pahor is elected President of Slovenia 
Dec 2
Pier Luigi Bersani is elected Italian Prime Minister 
Dec 4
29 people are killed by a mortar attack in Bteeha, Syria 
Dec 4
Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines killing at least 81 people 
Dec 5
8 people are killed and 12 injured by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in South Korea 
Dec 5
In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne cuts the UK growth forecast for 2013 to 1.2% from the 2% forecast in the budget 
Dec 6
7 people are killed and 770 injured during Egyptian protests 
Dec 6
Typhoon Bopha's death toll rise to 418 with 318 missing and 179,000 displaced 
Dec 6
A 243 million year old Nyasasaurus fossil is discovered in Tanzania 
Dec 8
UN climate conference agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020 
Dec 9
13 people are killed and 10 are injured after a bus rolls of a cliff and falls 100 meters in Taiwan 
Dec 9
6 people are killed and 41 are injured after a bus plunges 30 metres down a gorge in Guatemala 
Dec 9
Incumbent Ghanaian president John Mahama wins the general election amidst allegations of fraud 
Dec 9
The Social Liberal Union Party and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta win by a landslide in the parliamentary elections 
Dec 9
Juan Manuel Márquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao in round six for the WBO light welterweight title 
Dec 10
Google begins selling US$99 laptops 
Dec 10
11 people are killed and 23 are injured after a bus falls into a roadside pond in Minquan County, China 
Dec 10
9 people are killed and 32 are wounded after a bus falls of a 300 meter cliff in Columbia 
Dec 10
Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's 13-year Elo rating record 
Dec 10
Japan is again in recession as the GDP figures for the second quarter of 2012 are revised to show a contraction of 0.03% and the third quarter figures fall by a further 0.9% 
Dec 11
125 people are killed and 200 are injured by bombings in Aqrab, Syria 
Dec 11
HSBC bank settles with US authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering 
Dec 11
British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world 
Dec 13
A car bombing in Qatana, outside Damascus, kills 16 people and injures 12 
Dec 13
Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute 
Dec 14
28 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut 
Dec 14
Australian Joel Parkinson wins the 2012 ASP World Tour 
Dec 14
Gene Wolfe wins the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award 
Dec 15
18 Asylum seekers drown in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece from Turkey 
Dec 16
4 people are killed after Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji 
Dec 16
Corinthians defeat Chelsea 1-0 to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup 
Dec 16
A gang rape of a woman on a bus in India that resulted in her death leads to national and international outrage 
Dec 17
Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old 
Dec 17
17 people are killed and 70 are injured by a blast in a market in the Khyber Agency, Pakistan 
Dec 17
10 girls collecting firewood are killed by a mine blast in east Afghanistan 
Dec 17
18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin 
Dec 17
NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon's gravity field 
Dec 18
4 people are killed and 11 are injured after an apartment block collapses in Palermo, Italy 
Dec 18
6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan 
Dec 18
The Seleka rebel coalition kills 15 people during its capture of Bria, the Central African Republic 
Dec 19
UBS bank is fined $1.5 billion for its role in manipulating the Libor rate 
Dec 19
Park Geun-hye wins the South Korean presidential election to become the nation's first female president 
Dec 20
Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities 
Dec 20
Intercontinental Exchange purchases the New York Stock Exchange, the largest in the world, for $8 billion 
Dec 21
39 people are killed in violent clashes in Kenya 
Dec 21
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date 13.0.0.0.0 
Dec 21
"Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube 
Dec 21
The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 brining the total number of cancelled games to 625 
Dec 22
6 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus 
Dec 22
8 people are killed by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan 
Dec 22
Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
Dec 23
200 civilians are killed by Syrian government warplanes in Helfaya, Syria 
Dec 23
The Seleka rebel coalition takes over Bambari, the third largest town in the Central African Republic 
Dec 24
11 kindergarten children are killed after a minivan plunges into a roadside pond in Jiangxi, China 
Dec 25
27 people are killed after an Antonov An-72 plane crashes near Shymkent, Kazakhstan 
Dec 25
8 people are killed and thousands left homeless after two fires strike Manila, Philippines 
Dec 26
China opens the world's longest high speed rail route from Beijing to Guangzhou 
Dec 27
NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025 
Dec 28
13 people are killed and 19 are injured after a bus plunges into a river in western Nepal 
Dec 28
Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children 
Dec 29
200 people are executed by the Syrian army in Homs 
Dec 29
21 security personnel are killed by Pakistani Taliban near Peshawar 
Dec 29
5 people are killed in a Tupolev Tu-204 plane crash in Moscow 
Dec 30
19 people are killed by a suicide bomber in Balochistan, Pakistan 
Dec 30
9 people are killed and 26 are injured in a tour bus crash off interstate 84, Oregon, US 
Dec 30
The opening of Line 6 of the Beijing subway makes it the longest metro network in the world at 442km 
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