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  • U.S.
    Thursday Feb 9, 2012

    Bank of America

    It was announced that the five largest mortgage servicers agreed to a historic settlement with the federal government and 49 states

    U.S.
    Thursday Feb 9, 2012

    On February 9, 2012, it was announced that the five largest mortgage servicers (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo) agreed to a historic settlement with the federal government and 49 states.




  • Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
    Monday Mar 12, 2012

    Dwayne Johnson

    Rock Concert

    Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
    Monday Mar 12, 2012

    On the March 12, 2012 episode of Raw, The Rock hosted his first "Rock Concert" segment since 2004, mocking Cena in his songs.




  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Monday Mar 19, 2012

    Amazon

    Amazon acquires Kiva Systems

    Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Monday Mar 19, 2012

    Amazon acquires Kiva Systems for $775 million, a robotics company that creates robots that can move items around warehouses.




  • Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 1, 2012

    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania XXVIII

    Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 1, 2012

    On April 1, at WrestleMania XXVIII, The Rock beat Cena in the main event after countering Cena's attempt at a People's Elbow into a Rock Bottom.




  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Monday Apr 2, 2012

    Dwayne Johnson

    The Rock Praised Cena

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Monday Apr 2, 2012

    The following night on Raw, The Rock praised Cena, calling their match "an honor". He then vowed to once again become WWE Champion.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

    Warren Buffett

    Prostate Cancer

    U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

    On April 11, 2012, Buffett was diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer during a routine test.




  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 26, 2012

    LeBron James

    11-12 Champion

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 26, 2012

    Won the Season 11-12 with Heat


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Apr 27, 2012

    World Bank

    Jim Yong Kim was elected

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Apr 27, 2012

    Jim Yong Kim was elected on 27 April 2012 and re-elected for a second five-year term in 2017. He announced that he will resign effective 1 February 2019.


  • U.S.
    Monday May 7, 2012

    Java (programming language)

    Legal Dispute

    U.S.
    Monday May 7, 2012

    The use of Java-related technology in Android led to a legal dispute between Oracle and Google. On May 7, 2012, a San Francisco jury found that if APIs could be copyrighted, then Google had infringed Oracle's copyrights by the use of Java in Android devices.


  • California, U.S.
    Wednesday May 9, 2012

    Samsung

    Acquiring mSpot

    California, U.S.
    Wednesday May 9, 2012

    On 9 May 2012, mSpot announced that it had been acquired by Samsung Electronics with the intention of a cloud based music service. The succeeding service was Samsung Music Hub.


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 17, 2012

    Facebook, Inc.

    Facebook's Initial Public Offering Came

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 17, 2012

    Facebook's initial public offering came on May 17, 2012, at a share price of US$38. The company was valued at $104 billion, the largest valuation to that date.


  • U.S.
    Saturday May 19, 2012

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Marriage

    U.S.
    Saturday May 19, 2012

    On May 19, 2012, Zuckerberg and Chan married in an event that also celebrated her graduation from medical school.


  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    Saturday May 19, 2012

    Ruby Bridges

    Bridges received an Honorary Degree

    Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    Saturday May 19, 2012

    On May 19, 2012, Bridges received an Honorary Degree from Tulane University at the annual graduation ceremony at the Superdome.


  • Sacramento, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 31, 2012

    Hot Dog

    The most expensive hot dog

    Sacramento, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 31, 2012

    On May 31, 2012, Guinness World Records certified the world record for the most expensive hot dog at USD$145.49. The "California Capitol City Dawg", served at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California, features a grilled 460 mm (18 in) all-beef, natural-casing frank from Chicago, served on a fresh-baked herb-and-oil focaccia roll, spread with white truffle butter, then grilled. It is topped with whole-grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise, sauteed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup-marinated and fruitwood-smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire, chopped tomato, moose cheese from Sweden, sweetened dried cranberries, basil olive oil and pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette, and ground peppercorn. Proceeds from the sale of each 1.4 kg (3 lb) super dog were donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 7, 2012

    Facebook, Inc.

    Facebook Launched its App Center

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 7, 2012

    On June 7, 2012, Facebook launched its App Center to help users find games and other applications.


  • Wayne, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 16, 2012

    IBM

    Kenexa

    Wayne, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 16, 2012

    In 2012 IBM announced it has agreed to buy Kenexa.


  • U.S.
    Monday Jun 25, 2012

    Microsoft

    Social Network Yammer

    U.S.
    Monday Jun 25, 2012

    On June 25, Microsoft paid US$1.2 billion to buy the social network Yammer.


  • Boston's South End, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Monday Jul 16, 2012

    Aaron Hernandez

    Boston double homicide

    Boston's South End, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Monday Jul 16, 2012

    Hernandez was investigated in connection with a double homicide that took place on July 16, 2012, near the Cure Lounge in Boston's South End. Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, both immigrants from Cape Verde and living in Dorchester, were killed by gunshots fired into their vehicle. Witnesses testified that Hernandez's silver SUV pulled up next to the victims and someone from his car yelled, "What's up now, niggers?" Someone from the car then fired five shots, killing the two immigrants. Police immediately identified Hernandez, who was then playing for the Patriots, in the club's security camera footage, but thought it was a coincidence that the NFL star happened to be at the club that evening.


  • Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
    Friday Jul 20, 2012

    Mass Shootings in the United States

    Aurora Theater Shooting

    Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
    Friday Jul 20, 2012

    On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside a Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. Dressed in tactical clothing, James Eagan Holmes set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms. Twelve people were killed and seventy others were injured, 58 of them from gunfire.


  • St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
    Monday Jul 23, 2012

    Dwayne Johnson

    WWE Raw 1000

    St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
    Monday Jul 23, 2012

    On July 23, at Raw 1000, The Rock announced he would wrestle for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. During the show, he encountered then-reigning WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena, all of whom expressed a desire to face him. The Rock later saved Cena from an assault by Big Show, only to be laid out by CM Punk.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

    Microsoft

    Outlook.com

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

    On July 31, they launched the Outlook.com webmail service to compete with Gmail.


  • U.S.
    Monday Aug 13, 2012

    American Sniper: Christopher Scott Kyle

    FITCO Cares

    U.S.
    Monday Aug 13, 2012

    Kyle paired with FITCO Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization that created the Heroes Project to provide free in-home fitness equipment, individualized programs, personal training, and life-coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, or those suffering from PTSD. On August 13, 2012, Kyle appeared on the reality television show Stars Earn Stripes, which features celebrities pairing up with a Special Operations or law enforcement professionals who train them in weapons and combat tactics. Kyle was teamed with actor Dean Cain.


  • U.S.
    Monday Aug 20, 2012

    Apple Inc.

    World record

    U.S.
    Monday Aug 20, 2012

    On August 20, 2012, Apple's rising stock price increased the company's market capitalization to a world-record $624 billion.


  • Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

    Prince Harry

    Las Vegas Scandal

    Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

    While on holiday in Las Vegas in August 2012, Harry and an unknown young woman were photographed naked in a Wynn Las Vegas hotel room, reportedly during a game of strip billiards. The pictures were leaked by American celebrity website TMZ on 21 August 2012, in May 2019, Splash News issued a formal apology to Harry and his wife for sending photographers to their Cotswolds residence, which put their privacy at risk. The agency also agreed to pay a "substantial" sum of damages and legal costs associated with the case.


  • U.S.
    Friday Aug 24, 2012

    Apple Inc.

    Damages in an intellectual property lawsuit

    U.S.
    Friday Aug 24, 2012

    On August 24, 2012, a US jury ruled that Samsung should pay Apple $1.05 billion (£665m) in damages in an intellectual property lawsuit.


  • U.S.
    Friday Aug 24, 2012

    Samsung

    Violating Patents On Smartphone Technology

    U.S.
    Friday Aug 24, 2012

    On 24 August 2012, nine American jurors ruled that Samsung Electronics had to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for violating six of its patents on smartphone technology. The award was still less than the $2.5 billion requested by Apple. The decision also ruled that Apple did not violate five Samsung patents cited in the case. Samsung decried the decision saying that the move could harm innovation in the sector. It also followed a South Korean ruling stating that both companies were guilty of infringing on each other's intellectual property.


  • Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 25, 2012

    Neil Armstrong

    Death

    Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 25, 2012

    Armstrong underwent bypass surgery on August 7, 2012 to relieve blocked coronary arteries. Although he was reportedly recovering well, he developed complications in the hospital and died on August 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio, aged 82.


  • New England, North Dakota, United States
    Monday Aug 27, 2012

    Aaron Hernandez

    Five Year Contract

    New England, North Dakota, United States
    Monday Aug 27, 2012

    On August 27, 2012, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year, $39.58 million contract extension that included $15.95 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $12.50 million. The $12.5 million signing bonus was the largest signing bonus ever received by an NFL tight end. His $40 million total was the second-largest contract extension ever given to a tight end, after teammate Gronkowski's $53 million. Hernandez gave $50,000 of that bonus to a charity named for the late wife of the Patriots owner. Hernandez was sidelined during the Patriots' Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals with a high ankle sprain and missed several weeks. On December 10, during the Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans, Hernandez recorded eight receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Hernandez's last NFL appearance was the 2012 AFC Championship game on January 20, 2013, against the Baltimore Ravens.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 4, 2012

    Microsoft

    Windows Server 2012

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 4, 2012

    On September 4, 2012, Microsoft released Windows Server 2012.


  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 6, 2012

    Amazon

    Amazon announces the Kindle Fire HD series

    Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 6, 2012

    Amazon announces the Kindle Fire HD series of touchscreen tablet computers.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Sep 15, 2012

    Warren Buffett

    Treatment Cycle

    U.S.
    Saturday Sep 15, 2012

    On September 15, 2012, Buffett announced that he had completed the full 44-day radiation treatment cycle.


  • U.S.
    Friday Sep 21, 2012

    Apple Inc.

    iPhone 5

    U.S.
    Friday Sep 21, 2012

    Apple released the iPhone 5.


  • Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Monday Sep 24, 2012

    Google LLC

    Google Launched Google For Entrepreneurs

    Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Monday Sep 24, 2012

    On September 24, 2012, Google launched Google for Entrepreneurs, a largely not-for-profit business incubator providing startups with co-working spaces known as Campuses, with assistance to startup founders that may include workshops, conferences, and mentorships.


  • U.S.
    Friday Sep 28, 2012

    Bank of America

    Bank of America settled the class-action lawsuit over the Merrill Lynch acquisition

    U.S.
    Friday Sep 28, 2012

    On September 28, 2012, Bank of America settled the class-action lawsuit over the Merrill Lynch acquisition and will pay $2.43 billion.


  • Foster City, California, U.S.
    Monday Oct 1, 2012

    Visa Inc.

    Headquarters in Foster City, California

    Foster City, California, U.S.
    Monday Oct 1, 2012

    As of October 1, 2012, Visa's headquarters are located in Foster City, California.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday Oct 13, 2012

    League of Legends

    Season 2 Network Issues

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday Oct 13, 2012

    After a series of network issues during the Season 2 World Playoffs that led to several matches being delayed, Riot revealed on October 13, 2012, that a special LAN-based client had been quickly developed, designed for use in tournament environments where the effects of lag and other network issues can be detrimental to the proper organization of an event. The LAN client was deployed for the first time during the first quarter-final and semi-final matches played following the rescheduled matches and were in use during the finals. On October 13, 2012, the Taipei Assassins (TPA) of Taiwan triumphed over Azubu Frost of South Korea in the Finals of Season 2 World Championship with a score of 3 to 1 and claimed the $1 million in prize money.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

    Bank of America

    Top federal prosecutor in Manhattan filed a lawsuit alleging that Bank of America fraudulently cost American taxpayers more than $1 billion

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

    On October 24, 2012, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan filed a lawsuit alleging that Bank of America fraudulently cost American taxpayers more than $1 billion when Countrywide Financial sold toxic mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The scheme was called 'Hustle', or High-Speed Swim Lane.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

    Bank of America

    American federal prosecutors filed a $1 billion civil lawsuit against Bank of America for mortgage fraud under the False Claims Act

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

    On October 24, 2012, American federal prosecutors filed a $1 billion civil lawsuit against Bank of America for mortgage fraud under the False Claims Act, which provides for possible penalties of triple the damages suffered. The government asserted that Countrywide, which was acquired by Bank of America, rubber-stamped mortgage loans to risky borrowers and forced taxpayers to guarantee billions of bad loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The suit was filed by Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, the inspector general of FHFA, and the special inspector for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Oct 26, 2012

    Microsoft

    Windows 8

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Oct 26, 2012

    Microsoft released Windows 8.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Oct 26, 2012

    Windows

    Windows 8

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Oct 26, 2012

    Windows 8, the successor to Windows 7, was released generally on October 26, 2012. A number of significant changes were made on Windows 8, including the introduction of a user interface based around Microsoft's Metro design language with optimizations for touch-based devices such as tablets and all-in-one PCs. These changes include the Start screen, which uses large tiles that are more convenient for touch interactions and allow for the display of continually updated information, and a new class of apps that are designed primarily for use on touch-based devices. The new Windows version required a minimum resolution of 1024×768 pixels,[36] effectively making it unfit for netbooks with 800x600-pixel screens.


  • Redmond, Washington, United States
    Saturday Oct 27, 2012

    X-box

    Xbox smart glass release

    Redmond, Washington, United States
    Saturday Oct 27, 2012

    Xbox SmartGlass released on October 26, 2012, by Microsoft


  • U.S.
    Monday Oct 29, 2012

    Ford

    The Sale of its Climate Control Components Business

    U.S.
    Monday Oct 29, 2012

    On October 29, 2012, Ford announced the sale of its climate control components business, its last remaining automotive components operation, to Detroit Thermal Systems LLC for an undisclosed price.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 6, 2012

    Barack Obama

    Won Presidential Elections 2012

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 6, 2012

    On November 6, 2012, Obama won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be reelected as president. With 51.1% of the popular vote, Obama became the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win the majority of the popular vote twice.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

    Nancy Pelosi

    Pelosi announced she would remain on as Democratic leader

    U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

    Though Pelosi was re-elected by a comfortable margin in the 2010 midterm elections, the Democrats lost 63 seats and ceded control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans. After the electoral setback suffered by her party, Pelosi sought to continue leading the House Democratic Caucus in the position of minority leader, the office she held prior to becoming speaker. After Pelosi's disparate intra-party opposition failed to pass a motion to delay the leadership vote, Pelosi was elected minority leader for the 112th Congress. On November 14, 2012, Pelosi announced she would remain on as Democratic leader.


  • Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
    Friday Nov 23, 2012

    Black Friday

    Two people were shot outside a Wal-Mart

    Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
    Friday Nov 23, 2012

    On Black Friday 2012, two people were shot outside a Wal-Mart in Tallahassee, Florida, during a dispute over a parking space.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 27, 2012

    Visa Inc.

    Federal judge entered an order granting preliminary approval to a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit filed in 2005 by merchants and trade associations against Mastercard and Visa

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 27, 2012

    On November 27, 2012, a federal judge entered an order granting preliminary approval to a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit filed in 2005 by merchants and trade associations against Mastercard and Visa. The suit was filed due to alleged price fixing practices employed by Mastercard and Visa. About one quarter of the named class plaintiffs have decided to opt "out of the settlement". Opponents object to provisions that would bar future lawsuits and even prevent merchants from opting out of significant portions of the proposed settlement.


  • New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 5, 2012

    Kobe Bryant

    Youngest player in league history to score 30,000 points

    New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 5, 2012

    On December 5 against New Orleans, Bryant became the youngest player (34 years and 104 days) in league history to score 30,000 points, joining Hall of Famers Chamberlain, Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Karl Malone as one of five players to reach that milestone.


  • Newtown, Connecticut, U.S.
    Friday Dec 14, 2012

    Mass Shootings in the United States

    Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Newtown, Connecticut, U.S.
    Friday Dec 14, 2012

    The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members. Before driving to the school, he shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the school, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.


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