The Year 2012  (MMXII)
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2012 (MMXII) is a leap year that started on a Sunday. In the Gregorian calendar, it is the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century, and the 3rd of the 2010s.
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2012 (MMXII) is a leap year that started on a Sunday and is the current year. In the Gregorian calendar, it is the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century, and the 3rd of the 2010s.
There are a variety of popular beliefs about the year 2012. These beliefs range from the spiritually transformative to the apocalyptic, and center upon various contemporary interpretations of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Scientists have disputed the apocalyptic versions.

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January 20 – January 28 – A series of co-ordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, results in 185 deaths. The attacks are blamed on the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, 11 members of which are killed in a shootout in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.
January 23 – Iran–European Union relations: The European Union adopts an embargo against Iran in protest of that nation's continued effort to enrich uranium.


February
February 6 – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth.
February 15 – A fire at a prison in Comayagua, Honduras kills 360.
February 19 – Iran suspends oil exports to Britain and France following sanctions put in place by the European Union and the United States in January.
February 21 – Greek government debt crisis: Eurozone finance ministers reach an agreement on a second, €130-billion Greek bailout.
February 25 – Arab Spring: As a result of ongoing protests, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is succeeded by Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi.

March
March 4 – A series of explosions are reported at a munitions dump in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, with at least 250 people dead.
March 13 – After 244 years since its first publication, the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinues its print edition.
March 22 – The President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, is ousted in a coup d'état after mutinous soldiers attack government offices.

April
April 6 – The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad unilaterally declares the independence of Azawad from Mali.
April 12 – Mutinous soldiers in Guinea-Bissau stage a coup d'état and take control of the capital city, Bissau. They arrest interim President Raimundo Pereira and leading presidential candidate Carlos Gomes Júnior in the midst of a presidential election campaign.
April 13 – Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3, a North Korean Earth observation satellite, explodes shortly after launch. The United States and other countries had called the impending launch a violation of United Nations Security Council demands. The launch was planned to mark the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the republic.
April 26 – Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.


May
May 2 – A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for US$120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for an auctioned work of art.
May 12 – The 2012 World Expo begins in Yeosu, South Korea. It is scheduled to end on August 12.




June
June 6 – The century's second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.

July
July 27 – August 12 – 2012 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held in London.

August
August 6–20 – Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity rover, is scheduled to land on Mars.

December
December 21 – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization among others, completes a "great cycle" of thirteen b'ak'tuns (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar's current era.[25][26]
December 31 – The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends.




January 6 – Christmas Day (Celebrated by the Armenian Church)
January 7 – Christmas Day (December 25 in the Julian Calendar, celebrated by Eastern Orthodoxy)
February 1 – Imbolc, a Cross-quarter day (Celebrated on February 2 in some places)
February 22 – Ash Wednesday – Western Christianity
March 8: Purim – Judaism , Holi – Hinduism
March 20 – Spring Equinox, Persian New Year, also known as Ostara
April 1 – Ramanavami – Hinduism
April 6: Good Friday – Western Christianity, Hanuman Jayanti – Hinduism
April 7 – Passover – Judaism
April 8 – Easter – Western Christianity
April 13 – Vaisakhi – Sikhism
April 15 – Easter – Eastern Christianity
May 1 – Beltane, a Cross-quarter day
May 27 – Shavuot – Judaism
June 4 – Vesak – Buddhism
June 20 – Summer solstice, also known as Midsummer
July 20 – Ramadan begins – Islam
August 1 – Lammas, a Cross-quarter day
August 2 – Raksha Bandhan – Hinduism
August 10 – Janmashtami – Hinduism
August 19 – Eid al Fitr – Islam
September 17 – Rosh Hashanah – Judaism
September 21 – Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon
September 26 – Yom Kippur – Judaism
October 1 – Sukkot – Judaism
October 2 – Mehregan – Zoroastrianism and Persian Culture
October 24 – Vijaya Dashami/Dusshera – Hinduism
October 26 – Eid al-Adha, a religious festival in Islam
November 1 – Samhain, a Cross-quarter day, Neopagan new year and Christian All Saints' Day
November 13 – Diwali – Sikhism - Hinduism
November 15 – Islamic New Year
December 9 – Hanukkah – Judaism
December 25 – Christmas – Western Christianity
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