Year 2013 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

2013 News headlines, trends, world leaders, and cost of living compiled for 2013. A resource for baby books and other commemorative projects.

Welcome to the year 2013!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2013. I hope this helps you with the baby book or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t want to write down all this information, take a look at the printable versions.

(request any printable color changes in comments section below).

Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time. 


Printables for 2013:

Newspaper  / The Year I Was Born  /  World Around Me  /  Full Post

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2013 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $3.43 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs~ $2.68 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $1.41 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 46 cents
New Car Price~ $30,303 (TrueCar.com)
Gallon of Gas~ $3.61 (U.S. Energy Information Administration eia.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $7.94 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $271,600 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $52,250 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Lowest is $7.25 in several states per Federal Law. Highest is $9.19 in Washington state. (Trupay.com)

 

 

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2013 Top Technology:

Smart phones:
iPhone 5s
Galaxy S4
HTC One and One Max
Sony Xperia Z
Blackberry Z10
  Television:
LG 42LN5700 
Samsung UN19F4000
  Computer:
Desktop: Apple iMac
Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
  Tablets & Readers:
Apple Ipad Air
iPad Mini2
Google Nexus 7
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
  Online Social Communities:
Google +
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Instagram
LinkedIn
  Video:
YouTube
Skype
Vimeo
  Game systems:
Xbox One
Xbox 360
Playstation 43, and 2
Nintendo Wii and Wii U
   Other:
3D Printing gains momentum

 

2013 Top Celebrities:

Duchess Catherine and Prince William
Dwayne The Rock Johnson
Jennifer Lawrence
Harry Styles
Justin Timberlake
Jessica Biel
Channing Tatum
Katy Perry
Bradley Cooper
Justin Bieber
Emma Stone
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Taylor Swift
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Ben Affleck
Miley Cyrus
Lindsay Lohan
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Jennifer Lopez
Nicki Minaj
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Rihanna
Mariah Carey
Chris Brown

 

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2013 Top Athletes:

Joe Flacco
Jimmie Johnson
Adam Scott
LeBron James
Andy Murray
Marion Bartoli
David Ortiz

 

2013 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: The Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31
Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson
The Kentucky Derby: Orb
The Masters: Adam Scott
NBA Championship: The Miami Heat defeated San Antonio Spurs 4-3
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Andy Murray         Ladies’ Singles: Marion Bartoli
World Cup: N/A
World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-2
Olympics: N/A

 

2013 Top Songs:

The Monster~ Eminem feat. Rihanna
Timber~ Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
Counting Stars~ One Republic
Say Something~ A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Royals~ Lorde
Demons~ Imagine Dragons
Let Her Go~ Passenger
Roar~ Katy Perry
Wake Me Up!~ Avicii
Wrecking Ball~ Miley Cyrus
Hold On We’re Going Home~ Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Holy Grail~ Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Applause~ Lady Gaga
Blurred Lines~ Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
Crash My Party~ Luke Bryan
Redneck Crazy~ Tyler Farr
Can’t Hold Us~ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
Get Lucky~ Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Mirrors~ Justin Timberlake
Boys ‘Round Here~ Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies
Cruise~ Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly
Radioactive~ Imagine Dragons
Just Give Me A Reason~ Pink feat. Nate Ruess
Wagon Wheel~ Darius Rucker
Come & Get It~ Selena Gomez
The Way~ Ariana Grande feat. Mac Miller
I Love It~ Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
Thrift Shop~ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
Story of My Life~ One Direction
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)~ Fall Out Boy

 

2013 Top Television Shows:

The Walking Dead
Breaking Bad
NCIS
Big Bang Theory
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Voice
Person of Interest
Revenge
Modern Family
Glee
Dancing with The Stars
American Idol
Duck Dynasty
CSI
Game of Thrones
Girls

 

2013 Top Movies:

Frozen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Despicable Me 2
Man of Steel
Monsters University
Anchorman 2
Gravity
The Butler
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 3
Oz the Great and Powerful
Fast and Furious 6
Star Trek Into Darkness
We’re the Millers
The Croods
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Identity Thief
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Grown Ups 2
The Hangover Part III
Olympus Has Fallen

 

2013 Top Books:

Inferno~ Dan Brown
Lean In~ Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
And the Mountains Echoed~ Khaled Hosseini
Happy, Happy, Happy~ Phil Robertson and Mark Schlabach
The Hit~ David Baldacci
Proof of Heaven~ Eben Alexander
Deeply Odd~ Dean Koontz
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls~ David Sedaris
The Forever of Ella and Micha~ Jessica Sorenson
Eleven Rings~ Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
Zero Hour~ Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
The Guns At Last Night~ Rick Atkinson
World War Z~ Max Brooks
The Unwinding~ George Packer
Wild~ Cheryl Strayed

 

2013 Top Fashion and Trends:

Neon colors
Bold Stripes
Chevron print
Leather
Mint color
Skinny jeans
Midi Skirt
Bohemian
Clashing Prints
Crop tops
Skinny jeans with high heels
Loose fitting tops
Sporty wear
Ombre hair
High-waisted pants and shorts
Short boots/Booties
Bedazzled jeans with flap pockets
Denim Shirts and vests
Scarves
Platform heels and Gladiator Sandals
Animal print
Holographic print
Selfies
Twerking

 

2013 World Population:

(prb.org)
7,136,796,000 and counting…

 

2013 World Leaders:

Barack Obama, President of the United States.
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
Xi Jinping, President of China.
Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia.
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Pope Francis of Vatican City.
Francois Hollande, President of France.
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

 

2013 News Headlines and Major Events:

(Wikipedia)
January 11 – The French military begins operations in the Northern Mali conflict against Islamists.
February 12 – North Korea conducts its third underground nuclear test, prompting tightened sanctions by the international community.
February 15 – A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century. The incident, along with a coincidental flyby of an asteroid, prompts international concern regarding the vulnerability of the planet to meteor strikes.
February 28 – Benedict XVI resigns as Pope, the first to do so since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.
March 13 – Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the 266th pope, taking the name Francis.He is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere.
March 24 – 2012–2013 Central African Republic conflict: Central African Republic President François Bozizé is overthrown after he flees to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the onset of the rebels capture the nation’s capital.
March 27 – Canada becomes the first country to withdraw from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
April 15 – Two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, killing 3 and injuring 264 others.
April 24 – An eight-story commercial building collapses in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, resulting 1,127 deaths, 2,500 injured and scores more trapped. The accident is the world’s deadliest structural collapse and the third worst industrial disaster in history.
April 30 – Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates, and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, ascends the throne as King of the Netherlands. He is the first king of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather William III in 1890.
June 6 – American Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged by a US government mass surveillance program to news publications and flees the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia.
June 14–30 – Flash floods and landslides in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh kill more than 5,700 people and trap more than 20,000.
July 3 – Amid mass protests across Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup d’état, leading to widespread violence.
July 22 – Duchess Catherine and Prince William welcome son Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Prince George weighed in at 8lbs. 6oz. at birth.
August 21 – Chemical attack in Syria kills 1429 people, 426 being children according to US government assessments. (BBC)
October 1 – The United States federal government entered a shutdown after Congress failed to enact regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year.
November 8 – Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hits the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,149 dead.

 

2013 Pop Culture:

January 11– Duchess Kate starts to venture out after pregnancy announcement.
January 13– Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host Golden Globes Awards and poke fun of Taylor Swifts dating habits.
January 21– President Barack Obama is inaugurated into the presidential office for his second term.
January 30– John Mayer opens up to Rolling Stone Magazine about relationship with Katy Perry.
February 3– Beyonce headlines the Superbowl halftime show.
February 19– Fergie and Josh Duhamel announce their pregnant.
February 24– Jennifer Lawrence trips up the stairs on her way to accept an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
April 15– Two bombs go off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, MA.
April 19– Reese Witherspoon gets arrested for disorderly conduct after her husband is pulled over for drinking and driving.
April 19– Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries is finalized.
June 5– Paris Jackson(the late Michael Jackson’s daughter) was rushed to the hospital for possible suicide attempt.
June 13– Only known Anne Frank video resurfaces courtesy of the Anne Frank House.
June 15– Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcome baby girl North West.
June 19 – James Gandolfini, 51, dies of a heart attack in Rome, Italy. He was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO hit series The Sopranos.
June 30 – Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson welcome son Ace Knute.
July 13 – Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, is found dead in Vancouver hotel room. He battled addiction in his teens and ended up dying from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
August 25 – Miley Cyrus twerks her way into news headlines by dancing nasty with Robin Thicke and a foam finger on stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
August 28 – Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones separate.
October 11 – Minnesota Vikings football star Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son dies after allegedly beaten by the mother’s boyfriend.
November 30 – Actor Paul Walker, 40, dies in a car crash after attending an event for his Reach Out Worldwide charity. He was most known for his role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series.
December – Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013.
December 5 – Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95 after a prolonged respiratory infection. He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
December 13 – Khloe Kardashian files for divorce from Lamar Odom after four years of marriage.
December 19 – A&E suspends Phil Robertson from hit television series Duck Dynasty because of anti-gay comments he made in an interview. The network later decides to resume filming the 2014 season with the whole Robertson family, including Phil.

 

2013 Science:

(Wikipedia)
January 2 – A study by Caltech astronomers reports that the Milky Way Galaxy contains at least one planet per star, resulting in approximately 100–400 billion exoplanets. The study, based on planets orbiting the star Kepler-32, suggests that planetary systems may be the norm around stars in our galaxy.
May 15 – In a study published in Nature, Oregon Health & Science University researchers describe the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning.
November 28 – Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) passes to within 1,800,000 kilometres (1,100,000 miles) of the Sun and will be visible during the day to the naked eye from Earth.
November 28 – Planned launch of the Indian Mars probe Mangalyaan.
December 14 – Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3, carrying the Yutu rover, becomes the first spacecraft to “soft”-land on the Moon since 1976 and the third ever robotic rover to do so.

 


 

 

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Year 2012 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

2012 News headlines, trends, world leaders, and cost of living compiled for baby books and commemorative projects.

Welcome to the year 2012!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2012. I hope this helps you with the baby book or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t want to write down all this information, take a look at the printable versions.

(request any printable color changes in comments section below).

Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time. 


Printables for 2012:

Newspaper  /  World Around Me  /  1 Page  /  Full Post

 

2012 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $3.53 (American Farm Bureau Federation)
Dozen Eggs~ $2.68 (American Farm Bureau Federation)
Loaf of bread~ $1.95 (American Farm Bureau Federation)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 45 cents
New Car Price~ $30,748 (TrueCar.com)
Gallon of Gas~ $3.38 (US Dept. of Energy)
Movie Ticket~ $7.93 (NY Times)
Price of new house~ $234,500 (Census.gov)
Sunday newspaper~ NYT $6, Boston Globe $4, Washington Post $2
Median Household Income~ $51,371 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Lowest is $7.25 in several states per Federal Law. Highest is Washington state $9.04 (dols.gov)

 

2012 Top Technology:

Smart phones; iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, Nexus 4
Tablets; iPad Mini, HP Touchpad, Blackberry Playbook, B&N Nook Color, Amazon Kindle Fire
Cloud Technologies; Apple, Microsoft, Amazon
Online Social Communities; Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Video going mainstream; YouTube, Skype, etc.
Game systems; Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii U, Playstation 3D

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2012 Top Celebrities:

(Wikipedia.org, People.com)
Channing Tatum
Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes
Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
The Kardashians
Nicki Minaj
Jennifer Lopez
Jessica Simpson
Lady Gaga
Snookie, The Situation, Pauly D, and the rest of Jersey Shore Crew
Victoria and David Beckham
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Rihanna
Britney Spears
Heidi Klum
Neil Patrick Harris
Adele
Honey Boo Boo
Tim Tebow

 

2012 Top Athletes:

(Wikipedia)
Eli Manning
Matt Kenseth
Bubba Watson
LeBron James
Roger Federer
Serena Williams
Pablo Sandoval

 

2012 Top Sporting Events:

(Wikipedia)
Super Bowl: The New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots 21-17
Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth
The Kentucky Derby: I’ll Have Another
The Masters: Bubba Watson
NBA Championship: The Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to 1
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s Singles: Roger Federer       Ladies’ Singles: Serena Williams
World Cup: N/A
World Series: The San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 0

 

2012 Top Songs:

(Billboard.com)
Gangnam Style~ Psy
Payphone~ Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
Call Me Maybe~ Carly Rae Jepsen
Somebody That I Used To Know~ Gotye feat. Kimbra
Where Have You Been~ Rihanna
Drunk On You~ Luke Bryan
Lights~ Ellie Goulding
Wide Awake~ Katy Perry
Let Me Love You~ Ne-Yo
Drive By~ Train
What Makes You Beautiful~ One Direction
Angel Eyes~ Love and Theft
Scream~ Usher
Starships~ Nicki Manaj
Wildest Moments~ Jessie Ware
Springsteen~ Eric Church
We Are Young~ fun. Feat. Janelle Monae

 

2012 Top Television Shows:

The Walking Dead
American Idol
NCIS
Big Bang Theory
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
The Voice
Person of Interest
XFactor
Revenge
Bones
Modern Family
Dancing with The Stars
Two and a Half Men
Weeds
Jersey Shore

 

2012 Top Movies:

(Boxofficemojo.com)
The Dark Knight Rises
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Amazing Spiderman
Skyfall
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Snow White and the Huntsman
Red Dawn (2012)
Django Unchained
The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Men in Black 3
Prometheus
Wreck-It Ralph
Brave
21 Jump Street
The Expendables 2
Ted
Lincoln
The Hunger Games
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

 

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2012 Top Books:

(Newyorktimes.com)
Fifty Shades Trilogy~ E.L. James
The Hunger Games Trilogy~ Suzanne Collins
The Fault in Our Stars~ John Green
Insurgent~ Veronica Roth
Gone Girl~ Gillian Flynn
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)~ Jeff Kinney
StrengthsFinder 2.0~ Tom Rath
Wicked Business~ Janet Evanovich
Wild~ Cheryl Strayed
Proof of Heaven~ Eben Alexander III M. D.
Unbroken~ Laura Hillenbrand

 

2012 Top Fashion & Trends:

(Wikipedia.com)
Neon colors
Crochet
Skinny jeans
Bohemian
Loose fitting flowy tops
Ombre hair
Sandals
Booties
Bedazzled jeans with flap pockets
Plaid shirts
Denim Shirts
Leggings with boots and loose fitting top
Scarves
Animal print

 

2012 World Population:

(prb.org)
7,057,075,000 and counting…

 

2012 World Leaders:

Barack Obama, President of the United States
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany
Hu Jintao, President of China
Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

2012 World Markets/Global Exchanges and Major Commodities

U.S.~ Nasdaq composite UP 15.9%
~Russell 2000 Up 14.6%
~Dow Jones Ind Up 7.3%
~S & P 500 Up 13%
Japan ~ Nikkel 225 Up 18.7%
Germany ~ DAX Up 22.5%
United Kingdom ~ FTSE Up 5.5%
Hong Kong ~ Hang Seng Up 20.2%
Gold(per troy oz) ~ Up 5.7%
Crude Oil(Nymex futures prices) Up 12.5%
source USA Today

 

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2012 Major Events:

(Wikipedia)
Leap Year
There are many 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.
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.
March 13 – After 244 years since its first publication, the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinues its print edition.
May 22 – Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.
June 5–6 – The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.
July 20 – James Holmes enters an Aurora, CO theater and opens fire during ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ opening night, killing 12 people and injuring 58 more.
July 27 – August 12 – The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London.
August 6–20 – Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity rover, successfully lands on Mars.
August 12 – The 2012 World Expo ends.
August 31 – Researchers successfully perform the first implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes.
– Armenia severs diplomatic relations with Hungary, following the extradition to Azerbaijan and subsequent pardoning of Ramil Safarov, who was convicted of killing an Armenian soldier in Hungary in 2004. The move is also met with fierce criticism from other countries.
September 7 – Canada officially cuts diplomatic ties with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran and ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, over support for Syria, nuclear plans and human rights abuses.
September 11 – 27 – A series of terrorist attacks are directed against United States diplomatic missions worldwide, as well as diplomatic missions of Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the US, opinions are divided over whether the attacks are a reaction to a YouTube trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims. In Libya, among the dead is US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
October 24 – 30 – Hurricane Sandy kills at least 209 people in the Caribbean, Bahamas, United States and Canada. Considerable storm surge damage causes major disruption to the eastern seaboard of the United States.
November 6 – President Barack Obama wins the United States presidential election and remains in office for second term.
December 14 – Adam Lanza, 20, enters Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and opens fire killing 20 children and 6 adult staff members, then himself. Incident opens up debate about gun laws in the United States.
December 20 – 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.

 

2012 U.S. Newspaper Headlines:

February 6 – Boston Globe: Giants Edge Patriots In Echo of Gnawing 2008 Upset
July 21 – The Denver Post: Midnight Massacre | Aurora Theatre Shooting “Our Hearts Are Broken”
October 31 – New York Times: Hurricane Sandy | After Devastation, A Daunting Recovery
December 2 – Washington Post: Geither: GOP Faces Difficult Position in “Fiscal Cliff” talks
-Murder-Suicide by Kansas City Linebacker Jovan Belcher Leaves Chiefs reeling
-A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid

 

2012 U.S. Economy:

December 24 – NPR.org “The 2012 Economy Brought Glad Tidings To Many”
After years of recession and slow recovery, maybe you didn’t notice. But it turns out, 2012 was a fairly good year for the U.S. economy.
The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has risen nearly 14 percent this year and the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.7 percent, the lowest point in four years. Inflation and interest rates have stayed low, allowing families to cut their debt loads.
“Consumers are feeling better now,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. Compared with December 2007, when the Great Recession was just starting, “the burdens on consumers have eased quite a bit,” he said.
Final data aren’t in yet for the full year, but in the period from July through September, U.S. household net worth rose by 2.7 percent compared with the previous three months, according to the Federal Reserve. Combined with overall economic growth of 3.1 percent in that same period, the pace of improvement — both for individuals and corporations — could be described as decent, though far from robust. Read more…

 

2012 Pop Culture:

February 11 -Whitney Houston, 48, dies suddenly in Beverly Hills, CA while taking a bath.
May 18 – Facebook became a publicly traded company.
-Former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky found guilty in child sex abuse trial.
-After nearly six years of marriage Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise seeking primary custody of their daughter Suri.
-Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries end their 72-day marriage after a wedding special on E!.
-Howard Stern joins America’s Got Talent television show.
November -The fifth and final Twilight movie debuts.
-Disney buys Lucasfilm set to release StarWars Episode VII in 2014.
-Katie Couric hosts new talk show fall 2012.
-Pippa Middleton set to release her book for the 2012 holiday season.
December 3 – Will and Kate announce royal pregnancy.

 

2012 Top Science Breakthroughs:

(Wikipedia)
June 5–6 – The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125
June 24 – Shenzhou 9, a Chinese spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts, including the first-ever female one, docked manually with an orbiting module Tiangong 1, first time as the country, making them as the third country, after the United States and Russia, to successfully perform the mission.
Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise subspecies, dies at a Galapagos National Park, thus making the subspecies extinct.
July 4 – CERN announces the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
Pleiades, a proposed supercomputer built by Intel and SGI for NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be completed, reaching a peak performance of 10 Petaflops (10 quadrillion floating point operations per second).
On the Sun, the solar maximum of Solar Cycle 24 in the 11-year sunspot cycle is forecast to occur. Solar Cycle 24 is regarded to have commenced January 2008, and on average will reach its peak of maximal sunspot activity around 2012.
August 6 – Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission’s rover, successfully lands on Mars.