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2012 Events

2012 News of the Year | Some January-November remarkable providences

Issue: "2012 News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2012

January 1

Chinese authorities arrest nearly 50 members of Beijing’s largest unregistered church after the congregation decides to continue meeting outdoors for Sunday worship services.

Iran says it has produced its first nuclear fuel rod.

January 2

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Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram issues a warning to Christians in northern Nigeria to leave the region within three days. 

January 3

The presidential primary season begins in Iowa, where Rick Santorum ekes out a 34-vote win.

January 5

President Obama announces a new defense strategy, cutting military spending dramatically.

January 11

The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that courts can’t intervene in church hiring decisions.

January 12

Police arrest 43 New York City pastors and lay people who were protesting the city’s ban on church use of public schools for worship services. 

January 13

The cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground at the Isola del Giglio in the Mediterranean Sea with 11 deaths and 14 other casualties confirmed.

January 18

After President Obama announces he will reject TransCanada’s bid to build a crude oil pipeline from Canada to refineries near the Gulf Coast, Canada indicates it will expand its oil exports to China. 

January 20

President Obama announces that most religious groups must provide full medical insurance coverage for contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs like Plan B and Ella. 

January 23

Security forces under the Syrian government kill at least 22 civilians. They kill 52 the next day, and another 100 die on Jan. 27.

January 28

Oakland, Calif., police arrest about 300 protesters during Occupy Oakland demonstrations.

January 31

Mitt Romney wins the GOP Florida primary.

February 1

TBN faces lawsuits alleging clandestine affairs, crimes, and cover-ups.

February 3

Susan G. Komen for the Cure retreats from its decision not to make future grants to Planned Parenthood. 

February 4

China and Russia veto a UN Security Council vote on an Arab League peace proposal to resolve Syria’s crisis.

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin launches his team on a winning streak that sparks “Linsanity.”

February 5

New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI.

February 6

Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. 

February 7

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum defining marriage as between one man and one woman. 

February 10

CIA and Alabama state websites go down, with Anonymous claiming responsibility.

February 13

Greece passes austerity measures that earn it a bailout of 130 billion euros from the European Central Bank and other public sources. 

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signs a bill legalizing same-sex “marriage” in the state.

February 14

More than 200 protesters chant and wave signs outside the White House as Xi Jinping, a Communist official set to become China’s next president, visits the White House and President Obama tells him, “I’m sure the American people welcome you.” 

A fire at a jail in Comayagua, Honduras, kills at least 350 inmates.

February 17

christie.pngNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoes a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in his state.

February 21

After an Arab Spring uprising, Yemen undergoes a peaceful transfer of power with the election of Vice President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi.

February 26

George Zimmerman allegedly shoots and kills Trayvon Martin, sparking protests and outrage.

February 27

Ohio student T.J. Lane allegedly shoots and kills three peers and injures two more in a rampage at Chardon High School.

March 1

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signs a law legalizing same-sex “marriage” in his state.

small1.jpgAn Iraqi student shoots and kills American teacher Jeremiah Small as he begins to pray at the start of class.

March 2

Deadly tornadoes ravage the Midwest and the South.

March 4

Vladimir Putin claims victory in Russia’s presidential election.

March 6

Mitt Romney edges Rick Santorum in the GOP Ohio primary and, with other “Super Tuesday” victories, takes control of the Republican race.

March 8

Toyota recalls 700,000 cars over safety issues.

March 10

Militants kill 45 women and children in Homs, Syria, just hours after a UN visit to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

March 11

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly kills 16 Afghan civilians near Kandahar.

March 12

For the first time since his arrest in 2009, Iran admits it convicted Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of religious crimes. 

March 14

The International Criminal Court in The Hague declares Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of war crimes. He is later sentenced to 14 years in prison.

March 16

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns home after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.

Photo credits: CHRISTIE: Associated Press/Photo by Carolyn Kaster; SMALL: Handout; SOMALIA: Associated Press/Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh; OBAMA & KARZAI: Associated Press/Photo by Charles Dharapak; JAMES, WADE, & BOSH: Issac Bal Dizon/NBAE/Getty Images; MARS ROVER: NASA; AURORA, COLO.: Associated Press/Photo by Ted S. Warren; OLYMPICS: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images; CHICAGO: Associated Press/Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong; ROMO: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; LIBERTY UNIVERSITY: Caroline Groussain/AFP/Getty Images

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