2012 in history

2012 events chronologically

Jan 1 A Moldovan civilian is fatally wounded by a Russian peacekeeper in the Transnistrian security zone, leading to demonstrations against Russia
Jan 7 A hot air balloon crashes near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board
Jan 10 A bombing in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, kills at least 30 people and 78 others injured
Jan 13 The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy. There are 31 confirmed deaths with one still missing, Russel Rebello, amongst the 4232 passengers and crew
Jan 14 The Pirate Party of Greece is founded, on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party
Jan 18 A series of coordinated actions take place in protest against Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act
Jan 19 The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload is shut down by the FBI

Born in 2012

Jan 24 Princess Athena of Denmark the fourth and youngest child and only daughter of Prince Joachim, and the second child of his second wife, Princess Marie of Denmark.
Feb 23 Princess Estelle Duchess of Östergötland the only child of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. She is the first grandchild of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and is second in line of succession to the Swedish throne
Mar 14 Josie DeCarlo a French-born model who became the inspiration and namesake for Josie McCoy of Josie and the Pussycats comics and the 1970 Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series. She was the widow of the late cartoonist, Dan DeCarlo, who created Josie and the Pussycats and based the main character on his wife
Apr 4 Grumpy Cat a cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression.
Sep 30 Antisa Khvichava a Georgian woman who claimed to have been born in 1880. She died in Sachino, western Georgia, on 30 September 2012, purportedly at the age of 132
Nov 23 Go Native an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse, born to sire Double Eclipse and dam Native Idea. He was owned by Docado Syndicate, trained by Noel Meade, and his primary jockey has been Paul Carberry. He was purchased by the Docado Syndicate for £25,000 from horse dealer Martin Cullinane. As of March 21, 2009, Go Native’s career record stands at 8 wins, 4 places and 0 shows, with 3 of his wins coming in Grade 1 Hurdle races. He has amassed £310,254 in lifetime earnings
Dec 5 Sarah Kirsch (musician) active in the San Francisco Bay Area hardcore and punk community from the mid-1980s until her death. She changed her name upon coming out as a transgender woman

Top 7 most famous people died in 2012

Feb 11 Whitney Houston an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps
May 17 Donna Summer an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach 1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 130 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time
Jun 5 Ray Bradbury an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man , Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. He wrote and consulted on many screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and most notably, It Came from Outer Space, and many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films
Jul 31 Gore Vidal an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. Senator for Oklahoma. As Gore Vidal, he was a Democratic Party politician who twice sought elected office; first to the House of Representatives , then to the Senate
Aug 25 Neil Armstrong an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California
Sep 29 Hebe Camargo a Brazilian television host, singer and actress. She is considered the "Queen of Brazilian Television". She died at her home on September 29, 2012. Her net worth was over US$ 360 million
Oct 21 George McGovern an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election