Historical Events for Year 2012

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Jan 7th - Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
Jan 8th - "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 9th - Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second consecutive year
Jan 11th - 38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)
Jan 13th - Italian cruiseliner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, causing 32 deaths
Jan 14th - Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq
Jan 14th - Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote
Jan 18th - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet
Jan 19th - FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites
Actress Emma StoneActress Emma Stone Jan 23rd - European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
Jan 28th - Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185
Jan 29th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 59-41
Feb 1st - At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
Feb 2nd - Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
Feb 2nd - 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 2nd - 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 4th - Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
Feb 5th - Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17 at the Lucas Oil Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
Feb 6th - 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II Feb 6th - Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so
Feb 6th - Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Feb 11th - Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
Feb 12th - Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is re-elected president of Turkmenistan with 97% of the vote
Feb 12th - Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
Feb 12th - 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins
Feb 15th - United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
Feb 15th - Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358
Feb 17th - The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
Singer-songwriter Gordon LightfootSinger-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot Feb 17th - Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
Feb 18th - Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the first native American saint
Feb 19th - 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
Feb 20th - Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
Feb 20th - South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
Feb 21st - Yemeni 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 22nd - Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds
Feb 23rd - A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
Feb 25th - Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama
Feb 25th - Al Qaeda suicide bombing kills at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen
Feb 25th - World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries
Feb 25th - Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
Feb 26th - The film The Artist wins five Academy Awards and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927
Feb 26th - Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
Feb 26th - Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario
Actress Meryl StreepActress Meryl Streep Feb 26th - 84th Academy Awards - "The Artist", Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep win
Feb 27th - Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor
Feb 28th - Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral
Feb 28th - Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall
Mar 1st - Euro zone unemployment reaches historical high of 10.7%
Mar 2nd - Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
Mar 2nd - The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army
Mar 2nd - New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
Mar 3rd - Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
Mar 3rd - Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
Mar 4th - Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo
Russian President Vladimir PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin Mar 4th - Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud
Mar 4th - Over 10,000 illegal Peruvian gold miners clash with police to gain control of Puerto Maldonado
Mar 5th - 27 members of Iraq's security force are killed by gunmen disguised as police in Haditha
Mar 5th - Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar
Mar 6th - 9,000 residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatens to overflow
Mar 6th - Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
Mar 8th - Greece secures debt-restructuring deal with private lenders
Mar 8th - Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns
Mar 9th - Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
Mar 10th - At least 130 rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza
Mar 11th - US soldier kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan
Mar 12th - 100 people are killed in ethnic clashes and cattle raids in South Sudan
Mar 12th - 45 people, including children, are massacred by the Syrian Army in Homs
Mar 12th - China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade
Actress Jennifer LawrenceActress Jennifer Lawrence Mar 12th - "Hunger Games" directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres in Los Angeles
Mar 13th - 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
Mar 13th - Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia
Mar 13th - 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mar 13th - 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
Mar 16th - Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
Mar 16th - Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes first cricketer to score 100 international centuries
Actor George ClooneyActor George Clooney Mar 16th - George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience
Mar 17th - Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur
Mar 17th - Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship
Mar 17th - John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
Mar 18th - Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium
Mar 18th - Joachim Gauck elected President of the Federal republic of Germany by the Federal Assembly
Mar 19th - Wendy's overtakes Burger King to become the second best selling hamburger chain
Mar 20th - 50 people are killed and 240 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq
Mar 20th - Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down
Mar 21st - Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal
Mar 21st - Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982
Mar 22nd - 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 22nd - Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
Mar 22nd - Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya
Mar 22nd - 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 23rd - African Union suspends Mali's membership following a coup
Mar 24th - African Union deploys 5,000 strong force with the aim of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony
Mar 25th - Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron
Mar 26th - Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal
Writer/Director James CameronWriter/Director James Cameron Mar 26th - Canadian Film maker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years
Mar 30th - Spanish Government cuts 27 Billion Euros from its budget in one of its toughest austerity driver in history
Mar 30th - Mastercard and Visa announce a massive breach in security with over ten million compromised credit card numbers
Mar 30th - American Mega Millions lottery hits a world record lottery amount of 640 million dollars
Mar 31st - Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated
Apr 1st - Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)
Apr 1st - 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins
Apr 2nd - Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
Apr 3rd - Spanish unemployment reaches record high, youth unemployment stands at 50%
Apr 3rd - Moscow fire kills 17 migrant workers
44th US President Barack Obama44th US President Barack Obama Apr 3rd - US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination
Apr 4th - German Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran
Apr 4th - 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 4th - Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, resigns
Apr 5th - Severe storms in Argentina kill 14 people
Apr 5th - 77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens
Apr 5th - International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
Apr 6th - US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
Writer and playwright Günter GrassWriter and playwright Günter Grass Apr 7th - Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi
Apr 7th - 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier
Apr 8th - Günter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai
Apr 8th - Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message
Apr 8th - 76th Golf Masters Championship: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 278
Apr 9th - The Lion King becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking The Phantom of the Opera
Apr 10th - United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues
Apr 10th - Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world
Politician Mitt RomneyPolitician Mitt Romney Apr 10th - Rick Santorum suspends his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favourite
Apr 10th - Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
Apr 11th - 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia
Apr 11th - 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer
Apr 11th - South Korean legislative elections result in the governing Saenuri Party retaining governance
Apr 11th - Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, resigns and calls an election for May 6
Apr 11th - Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer
Apr 11th - "The Avengers", directed by Joss Wheldon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Rennner, premieres in Los Angeles
Actor Robert Downey JrActor Robert Downey Jr Apr 12th - A ceasefire in the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising comes into effect
Apr 12th - Bodleian, Oxford University and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet
Apr 12th - Civilian rule in Mali is returned after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president
Apr 13th - North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch
Apr 14th - J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website "Pottermore",
Apr 15th - 400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack
Apr 15th - China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
Novelist J. K. RowlingNovelist J. K. Rowling Apr 15th - US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated
Apr 16th - At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire
Apr 16th - For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction
Apr 17th - The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds
Apr 18th - The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts
Apr 19th - Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71
Apr 20th - Plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, kills 127 people
Apr 20th - 40 people are killed and 27 injured after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in Alamo, Mexico
Apr 21st - Two trains in Sloterdijk, Netherlands, injure 117 people in a head on collision
Apr 21st - Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners
Apr 22nd - 30 year old woman collapses and dies during London Marathon
Apr 23rd - Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, tenders resignation, paving the way for early elections
Apr 23rd - Rangers F.C. owner, Craig Whyte, is banned for life from any involvement in Scottish football
Apr 23rd - 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach
Apr 25th - The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012

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