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  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, North korea
    Monday Jan 9, 2012

    Kim Jong-un

    Demonstrate Loyalty

    Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, North korea
    Monday Jan 9, 2012

    On 9 January 2012, a large rally was held by the Korean People's Army in front of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to honor Kim Jong-un and to demonstrate loyalty.




  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 9, 2012

    Lionel Messi

    2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 9, 2012

    The 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the second year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 9 January 2012, with Lionel Messi claiming the title of world player of the year for the third time in a row.




  • Italy
    Monday Jan 30, 2012

    Ciro Immobile

    Genoa transfer

    Italy
    Monday Jan 30, 2012

    By the end of the 2011–12 Serie B andata (first half of the season), Immobile had already scored 14 league goals. On 30 January 2012, Genoa confirmed that they had paid €4 million for half of the player's rights from Juventus, following his mercurial form in Serie B. He completed his season with Pescara in the Italian second division, as the club won the league title and sealed promotion to the Serie A. He also went on to become the Serie B season's top scorer with a total of 28 goals, seven more than the second-highest scorer, Juve Stabia's Marco Sau.




  • Port Said, Egypt
    Wednesday Feb 1, 2012

    Mohamed Salah

    Port Said Stadium riot

    Port Said, Egypt
    Wednesday Feb 1, 2012

    the Port Said Stadium riot on 1 February 2012, the Egyptian Premier League was suspended.




  • 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.




  • Heerenveen, Netherlands
    Monday Feb 13, 2012

    Marco van Basten

    The Manager of Eredivisie Club Heerenveen

    Heerenveen, Netherlands
    Monday Feb 13, 2012

    On 13 February 2012, it was announced that Van Basten would become the manager of Eredivisie club Heerenveen in the 2012–13 season. Van Basten led Heerenveen to an eighth-place finish in the 2012–13 year campaign. He then lead them to a fifth-place finish the following season, the 2013–14 campaign. He finished his reign with a record of 27 wins, 18 draws and 27 losses in 72 matches.




  • Belize
    Friday Mar 2, 2012

    Prince Harry

    Harry's visit to Belize

    Belize
    Friday Mar 2, 2012

    In March 2012, Harry led an official visit to Belize as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Sunday Mar 4, 2012

    Vladimir Putin

    Third presidential term

    Moscow, Russia
    Sunday Mar 4, 2012

    On 4 March 2012, Putin won the 2012 Russian presidential elections in the first round, with 63.6% of the vote, despite widespread accusations of vote-rigging.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Mar 4, 2012

    Uber

    Uber launches in Canada

    Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Mar 4, 2012

    Uber launches in Canada starting with Toronto.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Mar 7, 2012

    Lionel Messi

    Five goals against Bayer Leverkusen

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Mar 7, 2012

    On 7 March, Messi scored five goals in a Champions League last 16-round match against Bayer Leverkusen, an unprecedented achievement in the history of the competition.


  • 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.


  • Aldershot, Hampshire, England, U.K.
    Saturday Mar 17, 2012

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

    First solo military Engagement

    Aldershot, Hampshire, England, U.K.
    Saturday Mar 17, 2012

    On St. Patrick's Day, 17 March 2012, the Duchess carried out the traditional awarding of shamrocks to the Irish Guards, one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army, at their base in Aldershot, which was her first solo military engagement.


  • Ipswich, England, U.K.
    Monday Mar 19, 2012

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

    First Speaking Engagement

    Ipswich, England, U.K.
    Monday Mar 19, 2012

    On 19 March 2012, the Duchess gave her first speaking engagement for the opening of the Treehouse, a new children's hospice opened by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), a charity of which she is a patron.


  • 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.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

    Lionel Messi

    Messi became the top goalscorer in Barcelona's history

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

    On 20 March, Messi became the top goalscorer in Barcelona's history at 24 years old, overtaking the 57-year record of César Rodríguez's 232 goals with a hat-trick against Granada.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Mar 23, 2012

    World Bank

    Jim Yong Kim as the next president of the Bank

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Mar 23, 2012

    On 23 March 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States would nominate Jim Yong Kim as the next president of the Bank.


  • North Korea
    Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

    Kim Jong-un

    Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party

    North Korea
    Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

    On 27 March 2012, Kim was elected to the Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea.


  • 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.


  • Stadion Rankhof in Basel, Switzerland
    Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

    Mohamed Salah

    To Basel

    Stadion Rankhof in Basel, Switzerland
    Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

    Following the Port Said Stadium riot on 1 February 2012, the Egyptian Premier League was suspended, and on 10 March 2012, the Egyptian Football Association announced their decision to cancel the remainder of the season. Swiss Super League club Basel had been monitoring Salah for some time, so following the Egyptian Premier League suspension, the club organised a friendly match with the Egypt U-23 team. The match took place on 16 March at the Stadion Rankhof in Basel, and despite only playing the second half, Salah scored twice, helping the Egyptians to a 4–3 win. Basel subsequently invited Salah to remain in the city for a week's training. On 10 April 2012, it was announced that Salah had signed for Basel on a four-year contract starting from 15 June 2012.


  • North Korea
    Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

    Kim Jong-un

    "Eternal General Secretary"

    North Korea
    Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

    On 11 April, that conference wrote the post of general secretary out of the party charter and instead designated Kim Jong-il as the party's "Eternal General Secretary". The conference then elected Kim Jong-un as leader of the party under the newly created title of First Secretary.


  • 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.


  • North Korea
    Friday Apr 13, 2012

    Kim Jong-un

    Chairman of the National Defence Commission

    North Korea
    Friday Apr 13, 2012

    On 13 April 2012, the 5th Session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly appointed Kim Jong-un Chairman of the National Defence Commission.


  • North Korea
    Sunday Apr 15, 2012

    Kim Jong-un

    First public speech

    North Korea
    Sunday Apr 15, 2012

    On 15 April 2012, during a military parade to commemorate Kim Il-sung's centenary, Kim Jong-un made his first public speech, Let Us March Forward Dynamically Towards Final Victory, Holding Higher the Banner of Songun.


  • 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.


  • Espoo, Finland
    Friday May 4, 2012

    Nokia

    Ollila stepped down as Chairman

    Espoo, Finland
    Friday May 4, 2012

    Ollila stepped down as chairman on 4 May 2012 and was replaced by Risto Siilasmaa.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 2012

    Lionel Messi

    Good bye Pep

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 2012

    In Barça's last home league match on 5 May, against Espanyol, Messi scored all four goals before approaching the bench to embrace Guardiola, who had announced his resignation as manager.


  • 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.


  • France
    Tuesday May 15, 2012

    Emmanuel Macron

    Deputy Secretary General of the Élysée

    France
    Tuesday May 15, 2012

    On 15 May 2012, Macron became the Deputy Secretary General of the Élysée, a senior role in President François Hollande's staff.


  • 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.


  • Norway
    Monday May 21, 2012

    Harald V

    The constitutional amendment of 2012

    Norway
    Monday May 21, 2012

    Until 2012, the King of Norway was, according to the constitution, the formal head of the Church of Norway. The constitutional amendment of 21 May 2012 made the King no longer the formal head, but he is still required to be of the Evangelical Lutheran religion.


  • 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.


  • Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Monday Jun 4, 2012

    Ronaldinho

    To Mineiro

    Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Monday Jun 4, 2012

    Ronaldinho helped Atlético win the Campeonato Mineiro and led the club to its first title of the Copa Libertadores.


  • England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jun 4, 2012

    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    Philip was taken from Windsor Castle to King Edward VII's Hospital suffering from a bladder infection

    England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jun 4, 2012

    On 4 June 2012, during the celebrations in honor of his wife's Diamond Jubilee, Philip was taken from Windsor Castle to King Edward VII's Hospital suffering from a bladder infection. He was released from the hospital on 9 June. After a recurrence of infection in August 2012, while staying at Balmoral Castle, he was admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for five nights as a precautionary measure.


  • 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.


  • London, England
    Saturday Jun 16, 2012

    Prince Charles

    Honorary Five-star Rank In All Three Branches of The British Armed Forces

    London, England
    Saturday Jun 16, 2012

    On 16 June 2012, the Queen awarded the Prince of Wales honorary five-star rank in all three branches of the British Armed Forces, "to acknowledge his support in her role as Commander-in-Chief", installing him as Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.


  • 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.


  • London, England, U.K.
    Monday Jun 18, 2012

    Vodafone

    In favor of Vodafone

    London, England, U.K.
    Monday Jun 18, 2012

    On 18 June 2012, Cable & Wireless' shareholders voted in favor of the Vodafone offer.


  • Cambridge, England
    Saturday Jun 23, 2012

    Alan Turing

    The Centenary of Turing's Birth

    Cambridge, England
    Saturday Jun 23, 2012

    A blue plaque at the college was unveiled on the centenary of his birth on 23 June 2012 and is now installed at the college's Keynes Building on King's Parade.


  • 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.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jul 2, 2012

    Uber

    Uber launches in London

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jul 2, 2012

    Uber launches in London, United Kingdom.


  • Caracas, Venzuela
    Monday Jul 9, 2012

    Hugo Chávez

    Chávez declared himself fully recovered from cancer

    Caracas, Venzuela
    Monday Jul 9, 2012

    On 9 July 2012, Chávez declared himself fully recovered from cancer just three months before the 2012 Venezuelan presidential election, which he won, securing a fourth term as president.


  • Italy
    Friday Jul 13, 2012

    Zlatan Ibrahimović

    Serie A Top Scorer

    Italy
    Friday Jul 13, 2012

    He finished the season as Serie A top scorer with 28 goals in 32 matches.


  • 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.


  • Paris, France
    Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

    Zlatan Ibrahimović

    Moving To PSG

    Paris, France
    Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

    On 17 July 2012, Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that they had reached an agreement to acquire the sporting and economic rights of Ibrahimović from Milan, having already agreed personal terms with the striker, for a transfer fee of €20 million. Valued at €180 million, these combined fees eclipsed those commanded by Nicolas Anelka. His three-year contract would see him receive a net annual salary of €14 million including bonuses (which would be €2 million more than what he was earning per year just before he left Milan), and make him the second best paid footballer in the world behind Samuel Eto'o. The following day, Ibrahimović signed the contract.


  • 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.


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