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2012 Events

"2012 Events" Continued...

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

June 17

Greece’s pro-bailout, pro-austerity New Democracy party wins national elections.

June 19

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange seeks refuge at Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual misconduct.

June 21

Moody’s downgrades the credit rating of 15 major world banks.

WORLD reveals that the National Association of Evangelicals takes money from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which promotes contraceptive use by the unwed.

heat.pngThe Miami Heat win the National Basketball Association championship.

June 22

A court convicts Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State University football coach, on 45 charges of child sex abuse.

June 23

The Waldo Canyon Fire begins, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands of Colorado residents to flee.

June 25

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that most of Arizona’s immigration law is unconstitutional.

June 28

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare.

The House of Representatives holds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for obstructing the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. 

June 30

Mohamed Morsi becomes president of Egypt.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska issues a permanent injunction against New York City, calling its policy prohibiting church access to school property a violation of First Amendment rights.

July 1

Masked attackers kill at least 17 people in attacks on Kenyan churches.

July 3

The Obama administration files two cases with the Supreme Court that challenge the Defense of Marriage Act.

July 4

Physicists in Switzerland announce the long-awaited discovery of what they believe to be the “Higgs boson,” a subatomic particle first predicted in 1964.

July 6

Following a final recount, Enrique Peña Nieto wins Mexico’s presidential election.

July 7

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., “marries” his longtime partner Jim Ready.

July 8

Gunmen kill dozens of people in northern Nigeria’s Christian villages. 

July 18

Wheaton College joins other Catholic and Protestant institutions fighting the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

A bombing at the National Security Building in Damascus kills several senior Syrian officials.

July 20

Alleged gunman James Holmes opens fire at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring 58 more.

July 27-August 12

olympics1.jpgThe Summer Olympics in London draws 10,500 athletes from around the world.

August 1

Customers flood Chick-fil-A restaurants around the nation in support of CEO Dan Cathy, attacked for defending the biblical definition of marriage.

A federal appeals court blocks Arizona’s ban on most late-term abortions, one day before it was to take effect.

August 5

curiosity.pngNASA’s Curiosity rover lands on Mars.

August 6

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab defects to Jordan.

August 11

Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his running mate.

August 15

Alleged gunman Floyd Lee Corkins II opens fire at the Family Research Council, shooting a security guard.

An outbreak of West Nile virus kills at least 17 people, spurring Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to declare a state of emergency.

August 19

Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin sparks controversy by saying women’s bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

August 20

UN observers leave Syria as their mandate expires.

August 24

A Norway court deems Anders Behring Breivik sane and sentences him to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in July 2011.

August 28

Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in the United States.

September 4

The UN says 100,000 Syrians fled to another country during August, the highest monthly figure in the 18-month conflict.

September 5

During the Democratic National Convention, Democrats reinstate in the party platform a reference to God and a declaration that “undivided” Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

Scientists announce that “junk DNA” plays a vital role in how cells, organs, and diseases behave.

September 8

Iranian authorities acquit condemned pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of apostasy charges and release him from a Tehran prison.

September 10

chicago.jpgChicago teachers go on strike. 

September 11

Moody’s says the United States may face a credit rating downgrade if its debt problems continue.

Gunmen storm the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

September 12

Craft chain Hobby Lobby becomes the largest business to sue the federal government over its healthcare contraceptive mandate.

September 13

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Fed plans to buy $85 billion in mortgage-backed securities each month for the rest of the year, and $40 billion worth each month thereafter.

September 15

The United States orders all non-essential staff to evacuate the Sudan and Tunisia embassies and urges citizens to avoid traveling there.

September 23

Syrian opposition figures meet in government-controlled Damascus and try to position themselves as an alternative both to the Assad dictatorship and the armed rebellion. 

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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