2012 events in history

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
Jan 23 A group of Gaddafi loyalists take control of part of the town of Bani Walid and fly the green flag after a battle with NTC forces left 5 dead and 20 injured
Feb 6 A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near the central Philippines off the coast of Negros Island causing at least 51 deaths and injuring 112 others
Feb 7 President Mohamed Nasheed of the Republic of Maldives resigns, after 23 days of anti-governmental protests calling for the release of Chief Judge unlawfully arrested by the military
Feb 13 The European Space Agency (ESA) conducted the first launch of the European Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
Feb 19 44 people are killed in a prison brawl in Apodaca, Nuevo León
Feb 22 A train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 51 people and injures 700 others
Feb 23 A series of attacks across Iraq leave at least 83 killed and more than 250 injured
Feb 26 A train derails in Burlington, Ontario, Canada killing at least three people and injuring 45
Feb 27 A section of a nine-story apartment building in the city of Astrakhan, Russia, collapses in a natural gas explosion, killing 10 people and injuring at least 12 others
Feb 29 Tokyo Skytree construction completed. Now it is the tallest tower in the world, 634 meters high, and second tallest (man-made) structure on Earth, next to Burj Khalifa
Mar 2 A tornado outbreak occurred over a large section of the Southern United States and into the Ohio Valley region, resulting in 40 tornado-related fatalities
Mar 3 Two trains crash in the small Polish town of Szczekociny near Zawiercie, with 16 people killed and up to 58 people injured
Mar 5 At least 2 people are killed and 6 injured after a shooting in a hair salon in Bucharest, Romania
Mar 5 Invisible Children launches the Stop Kony campaign with the release of Kony 2012
Mar 11 A U.S. soldier kills 16 civilians in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan near Kandahar
Mar 13 At least 28 people are killed in a bus crash in a motorway tunnel near the town of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais
Mar 18 Tupou VI becomes King of Tonga
Mar 20 At least 52 people are killed and more than 250 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq
Apr 2 A mass shooting at Oikos University at Oakland, California leaves seven people dead and three injured
Apr 6 Azawad declares itself independent from the Republic of Mali
Apr 11 An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia, off northern Sumatra at a depth of 16.4 km. A tsunami hits the island of Nias at Indonesia
Apr 16 The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, it was the first time since 1977 that no book won the Fiction Prize
Apr 16 The trial for Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, begins in Oslo, Norway
Apr 20 127 people are killed when a plane crashes in a residential area near the Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad, Pakistan
Apr 21 Two trains are involved in a head-on collision near Sloterdijk, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, injuring 116 people
Apr 27 At least four explosions hit the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured
Apr 30 An overloaded ferry capsizes on the Brahmaputra River in India killing at least 103 people
May 2 A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction
May 9 A Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft crashes into Mount Salak in West Java, Indonesia, killing 45 people
May 10 The Damascus bombings are carried out using a pair of car bombs detonated by suicide bombers outside of a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people and injuring 400 others
May 14 Agni Air Flight CHT crashes near Jomsom Airport in Jomsom, Nepal, after a failed go-around, killing 15 people
May 20 At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy
May 21 A suicide bombing kills more than 120 people in Sana'a, Yemen
May 21 A bus accident near Himara, Albania kills 13 people and injures 21 others
May 22 Tokyo Skytree is opened to public. It is the tallest tower in world (634 m), and the second tallest man-made structure on Earth, after Burj Khalifa (829.8 m)
May 23 Adam Lambert became the first openly gay artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts, with his album Trespassing
May 25 The Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station
May 28 The discovery of Flame, a complex malware program targeting computers in Middle Eastern countries, is announced
May 29 A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hits northern Italy near Bologna, killing at least 24 people
May 30 Former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, is sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War
Jun 2 The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution
Jun 4 The Diamond Jubilee Concert is held outside Buckingham Palace on The Mall, London
Jun 13 A series of bombings across Iraq, including Baghdad, Hillah and Kirkuk, kills at least 93 people and wounds over 300 others