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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
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 Laureat, Gunter 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
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 - Gunter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai
265th Pope  Benedict XVI265th Pope Benedict XVI 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
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
Politician Mitt RomneyPolitician Mitt Romney 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 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
Investor Warren BuffettInvestor Warren Buffett 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
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
Apr 26th - 70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama
Apr 26th - Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California

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